Vodka with Stalin

Author(s): Francis Beckett

Francis Beckett’s new play tells the true story of Rose Cohen, journalist, suffragette, and international agent for the Moscow-based Communist International in the 1920s. The play spans the years 1917 to 1956.

In 1930, she and her Russian lover Max Petrovsky settled in Moscow and she had a baby—just in time to be caught up in Stalin’s murderous purges. As a foreigner and a Jew, she was naturally suspected of being in league with Trotsky.

Her former lover Harry Pollitt, now Britain’s Communist leader, pleaded for her life with his great drinking companion and friend—Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.


Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

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