The extraordinary story of the relationship between the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, drawing on an unproduced screenplay by Terence Rattigan.
In a hotel room a once-lauded playwright meets Nijinsky’s elderly widow, Romola, to fight over his latest play. Meanwhile, in the same room, Diaghilev and the young Romola fight over the tormented Nijinsky.
In 1974, Terence Rattigan wrote a television script for the BBC about the relationship between Diaghilev, the impresario behind the Ballets Russes, and Nijinsky, the most renowned dancer of all time, which Rattigan described as ‘the greatest love story since Romeo and Juliet’. But the playwright withdrew the play and it was never produced. Now in this bold re-imagining of events, Nicholas Wright investigates why.
Nicholas Wright’s play Rattigan’s Nijinsky was first staged at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011.
‘Wright stylishly interlaces Rattigan’s scenes with infinitely more fascinating ones of his own’
— Evening Standard
‘A richly entertaining study of artistic temperaments and attitudes to homosexuality in the early and mid 20th century’