Chatsky, or the Importance of Being Stupid

Scope and Content

In 1991 Burgess translated and adapted Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov's 1824 Russian stage comedy "Gore ot uma" ("Woe from Wit", or "Bitterness Out of Intelligence") under a new title, Chatsky (The Importance of Being Stupid), for the Almeida Theatre in London. The first production, directed by Jonathan Kent was staged on 11 March 1993 and starred Colin Firth as Chatsky and Minnie Driver as Liza.

This series contains a copy of Burgess's draft translation and adaptation of Griboyedov's text, and a theatre programme and printed reproduction of Burgess's verse translation, produced by the Almeida Theatre Company.


The later date of 2010 indicates the approximate date on which a photocopy of an original typescript was taken. (The original typescript dated from 1991.)