The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin (15)

Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead,  a frantic power struggle erupts among his cronies each of whom thinks they should be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria ( a brilliantly malevolant performance from Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?

Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Thick of It) takes the evil and horror of Stalin’s Russia and turns it into the blackest of black comedies. With a superb ensemble cast and lacerating one-liners The Death of Stalin is a “comedy of terrors” that says as much about contemporary political life as it does about the pervasive fear of Stalin’s era.

Discounted advance tickets are £6 or £5 conc. (+ booking fee of 75p) and are available online via Skiddle and our Facebook page shortly. Tickets are also available at Llangollen Oggie and Pie shop (formerly known as Baileys Deli) in Llangollen or on the door on the night (if we haven’t sold out). These are £8 and £6 conc.

Friday, April 6th 2018
Doors open at 7.30pm
Film starts at 8pm

Director: Armando Iannucci
Year: 2017
Certificate: 15
Running time: 1hr 47m

And the critics say…

“The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Who’d have thought the demise of a kill-happy Russian dictator could leave you laughing helplessly? That’s The Death of Stalin for you, a slapstick tragedy – and for the funniest, fiercest comedy of the year so far…” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“The film is uproariously funny but painfully close to the bone in a world where once again the lunatics have taken over the asylum.” Lisa Mullen, Sight and Sound

“An audacious comedy of horrors, the film has the feel of a bad dream you find yourself not wanting to wake up from.. “ Danny Leigh,  Financial Times