Moscow, now. A small flat. One family, three generations, the same hangover. Life after communism is utterly different and yet somehow eerily familiar. Petya’s dodging the draft, Sasha’s jumping with every ring of the bell, Ivan’ s brought a mysterious stranger home, and now their guest Thomas is asking questions. Who do you trust? The state may not be spying on you, but can you say the same for your nearest and dearest?



Following on from its sell-out run at the Old Red Lion Theatre, D.E.M. Productions in association with Belka Productions present the West End transfer of this funny and moving portrayal of life in Russia’s new society. Tracing the legacy of communism, Donkey Heart asks what a modern Russia stands for, as the deep bruise of history, once hidden, now works its way to the surface.



"A brilliant comedy with a strong meaning. Don't miss it."

The Upcoming 




"A superb cast...original, quirkily charming."

The Evening Standard 



"Eloquent, heartfelt...too many gorgeous performances to list."

Time Out 




Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage 


 “As surprising as it is highly entertaining…an unexpected winner.”



"Often hilarious....beautifully acted."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Pierre Atri - Kolya

Lisa Diveney - Sasha

Georgia Henshaw - Clara

Albie Marber - Kolya

Amanda Root - Zhenya

Emily Bruni - Natalia

Patrick Godfrey - Alexander

Alex Large - Tom

James Musgrave - Petya

Paul Wyett - Ivan



Nina Raine



Moses Raine


Casting Director

Emily Jones



James Turner



Oliver King & Ramin Sabi


Sound Designer

Alex Caplen


Press Representative

Sue Hyman


Assistant Director

Jonny Kelly



Robert Workman

Lighting Designer

Peter Mumford


Lighting Associate

Miguel Vicente


Stage Manager

Roisin Syrmes


Production Manager

Tammy Rose


Production Manager

James Ashby


Design Assistant

Anna Driftmier



Kate Brayn


Trafalgar Studios Manager

Martin Scorer


Costume Supervisor

Holly Henshaw