Monday 21 March 2016 -
20:15 to 22:15
Several cinemas in Spain

Richard Jones’ new Royal Opera production will be broadcast live to cinemas in Spain on 21 March 2016.

Based on the play of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, Boris Godunov is inspired by the true story of the Russian Tsar who ruled the country at the end of the 16th century. The line between fact and fiction has become blurred over the centuries and is the subject of much debate by historians

Read our article about the mystery of the real Boris Godunov (in English).

In Musorgsky's version of the tale, Boris comes to power by supposedly murdering the true heir, the nine-year-old Tsarevich Dmitry. He rules Russia well, but his people suspect that the series of famines that have swept through the Kingdom are divine punishment. This conspiracy leads to an uprising against Boris and a young monk Grigory decides to pose as the risen Dmitry in a bid to seize the throne.

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