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The Stalin Sonata is a radio play by David Zane Mairowitz. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 01 August 1989, and won a Giles Cooper Award that same year. The length is 70 minutes[1].


Dark comedy about the dilemma of a Russian broadcaster after Stalin requests a record by a pianist long since forgotten in a prison.


  • Maria Lvovna Dzerzinskaya - Barbara Jefford
  • Semyon Pavlovitch - Clive Merrison
  • Mikhail Karlovitch - Philip Voss
  • Pavel Ilyitch - Ian Targett
  • Sophia Ivanovna - Jane Leonard
  • State Prosecutor - Donald Gee
  • Jailer - Brian Miller
  • Pianist - Mary Nash

Directed by Richard Wortley

Critical Reception[]


  1. Best Radio Plays of 1989 Methuen/BBC 1990