A black comedy by John Hodge about a dictator, a writer, and completely losing the plot.

Ronin Productions follow their critically-acclaimed production of Landscape with Weapon with this Olivier Award-winning black comedy about loyalty and survival. A must-see for fans of The Death of Stalin, Collaborators is a fast-paced mix of satire, farce, and a biting look at life in a dictatorship.

In Stalinist Russia, dissident writer Mikhail Bulgakov is just trying to keep his head down – but it’s hard to do when your biggest fan is Joseph Stalin, and he wants you to write a play about him for his birthday. With writer’s block, and the secret police breathing down his neck, Bulgakov’s situation looks precarious – until Stalin suggests a secret deal. He’ll take on writing the play – the only downside is, Bulgakov will have to take on running the Soviet Union.

As Bulgakov starts spending his nights with a chummy dictator who wants his approval – and can have him shot if he doesn’t get it – a strange bond develops between them, and the lines between survival and collaboration start to blur. In a struggle between a man, a monster, and the machinery of the state – can Bulgakov survive? And what will the cost be if he does?

★★★★ “Utterly believable…well worth catching” – Oxford Mail Landscape With Weapon, 2018

“Bite the bullet and see this well executed production!” – Daily Info on Landscape With Weapon, 2018

Parking & Access


There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

Events in the Theatre

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail and we will talk with you about your needs.

Events in the Studio

There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.

Events in the Loft

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.

The Gallery

There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.


Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail

Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.