chapter  1
A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
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Meyerhold’s life was abruptly brought to an end in the basement of a prison in Moscow over sixty years ago. He was an old man, nearing his seventies, and had dedicated over two-thirds of his life to the Russian theatre, much of it to the cause of Communism after the Russian Revolution in 1917. After a life-long career of innovation and experiment his presence as a theatrical figurehead was deemed too dangerous by the Soviet authorities. He was tortured, ‘persuaded’ to confess to charges of spying and finally shot, a little less than a week after his sixtysixth birthday.