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Suitable for 14+ years Running time: 70mins without an interval “Mesmerising! It held the audience rapt.” Benedict Nightingale, The Times In 1941, the huge popularity of his poem, ‘Wait For Me’, projected Konstantin Simonov into the literary stratosphere of the Soviet Union. But what price becoming Stalin’s favourite writer? Years later, now ageing and unwell, Simonov looks back on a lifetime as part of Stalin’s Soviet elite and confronts his demons. Adapted from Orlando Figes’ ground-breaking book ‘The Whisperers’, ‘Stalin’s Favourite’ provides an emotionally engaging personal human insight into these momentous historical events. Theatre Unlimited’s production premiered at the National Theatre in November and this will be its first tour. "A magnificent and disturbing exploration of Stalinism through the private lives who endured it." The Observer on‘The Whisperers’