The Gambler


The Gambler is an adaptation for the stage of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1866 novella, The Gambler. It is a satirical drama about addictive gambling, set in the fictional European casino city of Roulettenburg.The play follows the fluctuating fortunes of Aleski, a 25-year-old Russian tutor, at roulette and in his romance with Polina, the step daughter of the indebted general Zagoryansky.While the play is set in 19th-century Europe, its lessons are universal - and apply especially to contemporary Australia, where we are witnessing the growing social costs of our new casino culture.

  • satire/drama
  • 120
  • 8 total
  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 18+, 12 to 16
  • all ages, teen, young adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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