The Barn Theatre and Arcola Theatre to co-produce world premiere of Cat Goscovitch's A Russian Doll

Rachel Redford, Photo Danny Kaan

The Barn Theatre will restart live performances with the world premiere of Cat Goscovitch’s new play, A Russian Doll.

The Cirencester venue will welcome back in-person audiences with the production, a collaboration between The Barn Theatre and the Arcola Theatre in London.


Based on a true story, the play follows twenty-something Masha as she becomes embroiled in the world of data and deceit as a member of Russia’s disinformation campaigns during the EU referendum.

Rachel Redford (The Jungle, Gap Year), will star as Masha in the one woman play.

The piece will be directed by Nicolas Kent (All The President’s Men?, Another World), and run in Cirencester from 18 May – 13 June 2021, with press night on 20 May at 7PM. Following the run in the Cotswolds, the production will open Arcola’s new outdoor space, Arcola Outside, in East London.

The world premiere will feature design by Liz Da Costa, lighting by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner, sound and composition by Harry Smith and AV design by Benjamin Collins.

Cat Goscovitch, who is the daughter of the acclaimed playwright C. P. Taylor, said of her play: “The EU referendum was a moment that changed the history of the United Kingdom forever. In writing this play, I wanted to explore what role Russian disinformation played in influencing the vote and how it impacted not just our political lives but also our personal. How does a click become a vote? What does it mean to take someone down the rabbit hole? And will we ever come back?”.

Iwan Lewis, Artistic Director and CEO of the Barn Theatre, said of the theatre’s reopening: “We love great partnerships here at the Barn Theatre. We were able to negotiate a global pandemic through creative and brilliant collaborations and it’s great to kick off our 2021 season with another.

“The Arcola Theatre produce incredible work and we are proud to be working with Leyla and her wonderful team on this incredibly exciting new play. We are also incredibly excited to showcase the partnership between one of the most exciting new voices in the industry, Cat Goscovitch, and one of the most acclaimed directors in the country, Nicolas Kent, with A Russian Doll.”

Leyla Nazli, Deputy Artistic Director and Executive Producer at the Arcola Theatre, said of the collaboration: “Arcola is thrilled to be working with Barn Theatre on this co-production of Cat Goscovitch’s play, A Russian Doll. We can’t wait to open our summer festival, Today I’m Wiser, with this new play which asks important questions about democracy, global politics and disinformation”.

Tickets for the Barn Theatre run are now on sale at, with prices from £11.50.

Performance dates for the run at the Arcola Theatre to be announced in due course.

Image Credit: Danny Kaan

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