The Kreutzer Sonata

22 Feb – 17 Mar, State Theatre Company Scenic Workshop


Presented by State Theatre Company of South Australia in association with Adelaide Festival
By Leo Tolstoy & adapted by Sue Smith

A tale of paranoia, jealousy and revenge, Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata provides rich pickings for a bravura one man show.

After meeting and marrying his wife, Pozdnyshev experiences both passionate love and agonising conflict. What follows is a story of sexual jealousy,murder—and Beethoven.

First published in 1889, Tolstoy’s short story, inspired by Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 9, was promptly censored by the Russian authorities, labelling the writer a sexual and moral pervert.

An extraordinary examination of the extremities of the human psyche, The Kreutzer Sonata is virtuosic story-telling of immense power and intensity.

In his debut as State Theatre Company’s new Artistic Director Geordie Brookman will team with celebrated writer Sue Smith (Mabo, Bastard Boys, RAN, Brides of Christ) and Australian film and theatre legend Barry Otto (Bliss, Strictly Ballroom) to create a literary and live musical feast, including the famous sonata, in the atmospheric surrounds of our Scenic Workshop right in the heart of State Theatre.


Please note that Barry Otto has withdrawn from The Kreutzer Sonata suffering from exhaustion. Talented local Renato Musolino has accepted that challenge to take over the role and although the production will not be as originally intended, we are confident that Tolstoy's narrative along with the spectacular scenery and amazing audio visuals will deliver a thoroughly absorbing experience.


BASS will refund anyone who chooses not to attend the production. We ask that people who wish to receive a refund return their tickets to BASS prior to the performance. Please send your tickets attention Gerry Farror, Reply Paid, BASS Refunds, GPO Box 1269, Adelaide SA 5001 or call Gerry on 08 8205 2422. (Please note that refunds can not be issued post performance). Please click here for more information.

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80 minutes, no interval


Monday 18 February 6:00pm



Tuesday 5 March 6.30pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 5.30pm)
Night With State (Q&A after the performance)

Saturday 9 March 2:00pm
Vision Impaired / Audio Described (with pre-show discussion from 1:00pm)

Wednesday 13 March 11.00am
Q&A after the performance

Please click here for more information on the Access Program.

Pre-show audio introductory notes for The Kreutzer Sonata.

The Kreutzer Sonata, Audio Access Program. Click on the links below to listen to information regarding:

- Introduction to 'The Kreuzter Sonata'
- Set & Costumes
- Cast & Production Credits
- Access Information


Geordie Brookman

Set Designer & Lighting Designer
Geoff Cobham

Associate Lighting Designer & Video Designer
Chris Petridis

Drawings by
Thom Buchanan

Associate Designer
Stephanie Fisher

Musical Director
Gabriella Smart

Sound Designer
Andrew Howard 

Renato Musolino

Elizabeth Layton (Please note, Lachlan Bramble will be performing for the preview on Saturday 23rd February)

Gabriella Smart

Video Archive

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Photo Archive

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"Musolino's performance is expertly managed. He reads with complete precision, maintaining the cadence and resisting any urge to riff or improvise. He narrates the frenzied, cruel climax of the killer's tale with especially compelling effect."
Murray Bramwell, The Australian

"Musolino's mellifluous voice cascades to the lyrical flow of Sue Smith's new adaptation of the Tolstoy novella, delivering an acrobatic display of emotional dexterity as Pozdnyshev teeters on the tightrope between love and hate...It's a triumph in the face of remarkable adversity."
Patrick McDonald, The Advertiser

"The set’s mirror effect has a subtle beauty to it. In fact, what comes to mind during this performance is a persistent sense of subtle beauty — it’s there in Geordie Brookman’s direction, Geoff Cobham’s set and lighting, Thom Buchanan’s drawings, Sue Smith’s adaptation, Renato Musolino’s delivery, Gabriella Smart’s piano and musical direction, Elizabeth Layton’s violin, and in it’s own way, there is a subtle beauty in Leo Tolstoy’s original story."
Mick Searles, Aussie Theatre

"The final word...was met with loud applause, yelling and stomping of feet in the packed venue, signalling a successful audience reception of this ambitious project. The production is both entertaining and thought-provoking."
Daniela Kaleva, Australian Stage Online

"All I can say is bravo, because Mr Musolino acquits himself admirably. Despite having a script in hand, he manages to deliver a powerhouse performance of great subtlety and finesse. Five minutes into the piece the script has become merely an unimportant prop in the production."
Tony Busch, Adelaide Theatre Guide

"It’s a production of unmistakeable quality. Renato Musolino deserves much praise for his performance."
Ben Nielson, Kryztoff

"Musolino’s solo performance is engaging and laden with emotion. He possesses the much sought-after craft to swiftly mould himself into an array of characters, with clear delineation between’s no wonder he received a standing ovation when the play concluded."
Patricia O'Loughlin, On the Record

"The Kreutzer Sonata is a showcase of extremely talented artists whose efforts weave seamlessly in this new telling of Tolstoy’s novella...a compelling piece of theatre."
Peter Beaglehole, Stage Milk

"...something magical and miraculous - the show for which Festival 2013 will be vividly remembered."
Samela Harris, The Barefoot Review

Day With State Shows
Each show is followed by a Q&A session with the Director and the cast. Teachers who book students into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and includes assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

Day With State shows for The Kreutzer Sonata will be on:

15 March 10:30am

To book please download the Education Program Booking Form here.

The study guide for The Kreutzer Sonata are available here

Completed forms can be returned to:

State Theatre Company of South Australia
PO Box 8252, Station Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
or fax 8231 6310
or email Education