Theatre Guided tour in Wiesbaden: Dostoevsky’s “The Gambler”
In August 1863 Dostoevsky stopped off in Wiesbaden on his way to Paris – and headed straight to the casino. Here was born an obsession with roulette, which time and again would leave him destitute and begging for money.
Two years later Dostoevsky wrote to Turgenev: “ … I have been five days in Wiesbaden and already I have lost everything, the whole lot, even my watch, and I owe my hotel bill.”
Because Dostoevsky was a writer, though, he didn’t lose everything: he gained the material for one of his most savagely comic short novels “The Gambler”, “a very detailed first-hand account”, as he put it over-modestly, “of the game of roulette”.
If you’re planning on visiting Wiesbaden than embrace this amazing opportunity to experience Dostoevsky’s ”The Gambler” as a Theatre Guided Tour performance, performed by actors from StadtRaumTheaters. Premieres on 30th of May, 2021.
Meeting point is at Tourist Information Wiesbaden.
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Known as one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, Wiesbaden is the capital of the state of Hessen and a part of the metropolitan area of Frankfurt Rhein Main Region. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine River, where the Rhine and Main River change directions from north to west.