(Fiona Mountford's review appeared in the Evening Standard, 1/4.) 

Anastasia is gripping, momentum-maintaining stuff

Those who fancy refreshing their theatrical palates after weeks of Christmas dramatic excess will find just the show in the atmospheric setting of the Pushkin House.

The elegant, dimly-lit rooms could be some rarely visited back quarters of the Hermitage, the perfect location for a play about Russia in crisis and Russians in exile.

The lingering, always fascinating doubts about the death or otherwise of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Tsar, have been elegantly filtered into this 1952 French classic by Marcelle Maurette, presented here in a new version by director Kate Sellers and Andrei Vironov.

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