Play of the week: Crime and Punishment, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow


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The writer Chris Hannan and director Dominic Hill (the Citizens' artistic director) make staging Dostoyevsky's hefty meditation on the causes of murder look easy.

Much of the credit goes to Colin Richmond's breathtakingly sparse set design: the squalor unfolds like a wound, the stage stripped back and opened up to the rusted heating duct bones of the backstage area.

But Adam Best is a suitably conflicted, restless Raskolnikov. And, in a production that develops its own language instead of slavishly imitating the text, contemporary resonances – the despair of poverty, the futility of socialism in a society ruled by economic aggression – ring out.

0141 429 0022;, to 28 September