Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

A new adaptation by Chris Hannan
Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Directed by Dominic Hill
A co-production with Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres 

One of the most extraordinary novels of all time, Crime and Punishment gets inside the mind of a starving, destitute student who commits a brutal double murder.

Raskolnikov is surrounded by the harsh injustices of the world; the grime of poverty and prostitution; unscrupulous pawnbrokers chasing debts; and a sister about to marry someone she doesn’t love to keep her family alive. His guilt is unbearable. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer any chance of redemption.

As Raskolnikov enters a dangerous cat and mouse game with the magistrate, a psychological thriller unfolds that probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment, and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.

Chris Hannan’s stage adaptation is an exciting, fresh and accessible new way to explore Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, realised by the award-winning creative team behind The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain, re-united for this co-production with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, and the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh.

Cast and Credits

The cast of Crime and Punishment

Adam Best: Raskolnikov
Mabel Clements: Nasttasya
George Costigan Porfiry: Petrovich/Marmeladov
Ameira Darwish: Dunya
Chris Donald: Skabichevsky/Lebezyatnikov
Cate Hamer: Alyona/Pulkheria/Katerina/Darya
Jessica Hardwick: Sonya
John Paul Hurley: Ilya Petrovich
Jack lord:  Luzhin
Obioma Ugoala: Razumihin

The creative team of Crime and Punishment

Director: Dominic Hill
Designer: Colin Richmond
LX Designer: Chris Davey
Composer/Sound Designer: Nikola Kodjabashia
Movement Directors:  Benedicte Seierup & Lucien MacDougall
Assistant Director: Danielle Mcilven


Crime and Punishment Trailer

Dates, Times & Prices

Dates and times

Running Time: To be confirmed (there will be a 20 minute interval)

Tuesday 22 October, 7.45pm 
Wednesday 23 October, 2.30pm
Wednesday 23 October, 7.45pm
Thursday 24 October, 7.45pm
Friday 25 October, 7.45pm
Saturday 26 October, 2.30pm 
Saturday 26 October, 7.45pm

Tuesday 29 October, 7.45pm
Wednesday 30 October, 2.30pm
Wednesday 30 October, 7.45pm
Thursday 31 October, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.30pm and Audio-described Performance
Friday 1 November, 7.45pm
Saturday 2 November, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday 2 November, 7.45pm

Tuesday 5 November, 7.45pm
Wednesday 6 November 2.30pm
Wednesday 6 November 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday 7 November, 7.45pm
Friday 8 November, 7.45pm
Saturday 9 November, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday 9 November, 7.45pm



  • Grand Circle & Stalls PREMIUM SEATS: £27.50
  • Grand Circle & Stalls STANDARD SEATS: £25
  • Upper Circle STANDARD SEATS: £17
  • Restricted View Seats: £14


  • Grand Circle & Stalls PREMIUM SEATS: £22
  • Grand Circle & Stalls STANDARD SEATS: £20
  • Upper Circle STANDARD SEATS: £15
  • Restricted View Seats: £12

Preview performances

All seats £10, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings


Appropriate ID will be required to verify age or status.

Seniors and Arts Workers

  • £3 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities and under 18s 

  • All seats £10
  • Student standby tickets £7.50 (Available on the day of the performance)
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Assistants accompanying people with disabilities go free

Registered unemployed

  • All seats £10
  • Tuesday - Thursday: £5 Stalls tickets on the day (excluding Premium Seats, max 20 per show)

School discounts

  • Tuesday - Saturday: £8.50 (Stalls & Grand Circle), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
  • One teacher free with every ten pupils
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
  • Discount not available on Premium Seats

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • £5 off full price tickets (Stalls and Grand Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • £3 off full price tickets (Upper Circle) plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949
  • Discount not available on Premium Seats

Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 31 October, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 2 November, 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 31 October, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 2 November, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 6 November, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 9 November, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production


An Afternoon with Dostoyevsky

  • Saturday 2 November, 12.15pm (followed by 2.30pm show)
  • £10 (£8) per ticket

Chris Hannan, who has adapted Crime & Punishment for the stage, will be in conversation with Dr Andrei Rogatchevski, Senior Lecturer in Russian at the University of Glasgow, with opportunities throughout to ask your own questions.
Price includes a light lunch. Please purchase show ticket/s in addition to your event ticket.

Focus on: Crime and Punishment

Spend a relaxed but informative morning with local historian and theatre expert Owen Dudley Edwards as he discusses Crime and Punishment. 

  • Wednesday 23 October, 10.30am 
  • £6 per class
  • Book all 7 for £39
  • Includes coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 29 October, after evening performance
  • FREE, unticketed

Theatre Discussion Group

Join facilitator Rod McAra for a friendly discussion.

  • Wednesday 6 November, after matinee performance
  • FREE, but ticketed

To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

This page is for  feedback from audience members, including comments from social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and also audience reviews.

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.

Watch the Audience Feedback Trailer here

"I just had the best night at the theatre.  Adam Best as Raskolnikov was faultless - mesmerising, totally believably mad..."
Audience review by Joyce Campbell

Press Coverage


“the vigorous ensemble tells [the story] with drive and authority”
The Guardian ★★★★

“a brilliantly accomplished staging”
The Telegraph ★★★★

“Adam Best is excellent as the alienated student Raskolnikov”
The Times ★★★★

“a fearlessly rich production”
The Herald ★★★★

“It’s both a classic come to life and an urgent new work”
The Independent ★★★★

The Scotsman ★★★★

“under Hill, the taut script becomes an exciting commentary”
The Stage

“another milestone in the illustrious history of the Citizens”
Sunday Herald

“an accessible insight into one of the most renowned works of all time”
What’s On Stage ★★★★

“fizzes with big ideas”
Exeunt ★★★★

“An accomplished and haunting production”
The Public Reviews ★★★★

“Another hit for the Citz.”
Glasgow Theatre Blog

“A richly-realised thriller”
Sunday Mail

“catches the disturbance and complexity of Dostoyevsky’s novel”
Reviews Gate


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