(Shaun Walker’s article appeared in the Guardian, 10/1.)

Heavy drinking, prostitution, a double axe murder and hours of psychological torment. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment might be one of the most extraordinary novels ever written, but it does not seem the most likely candidate to provide musical fun for all the family.

However, the Moscow public will be able to see Dostoyevsky’s dark novel adapted as a musical on the Moscow stage next year, according to plans announced this week.

Crime and Punishment follows the story of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished former student living in St Petersburg who murders an old woman with an axe, mainly because he believes some people are destined by fate to commit such acts.


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