In 1974, composer Andrč Previn approached playwright Tom Stoppard with the idea of creating a play that would feature a live symphony orchestra on stage. Two years later, Stoppard found a suitable subject when he met Victor Fainberg, a Russian political dissident. Fainberg had been arrested in 1968, diagnosed by state psychiatrists as insane, and confined for five years in the notorious Soviet prison/hospital system. By 1976 he had left Russia and was working to secure the release of fellow-dissident Vladimir Bukovsky. Stoppard writes of Bukovsky: "He was not a man to be broken or silenced; an insistent, discordant note, one might say, in an orchestrated society." Thanks to an international campaign, Bukovsky was released and sent to the West in 1976. He attended a rehearsal of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour in June 1977. The play is dedicated to him and to Victor Fainberg.
Original title: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Genre: Drama and Plays→ English→ Modern