Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Written by Dave Malloy

Directed by Patrick Dooley & Erin Mei-Ling Stuart

Music Direction by Daniel Alley

In-person performances: Nov. 5 - Feb. 25, 2023

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Based on a section of Tolstoy's War and Peace, this musical extravaganza follows the story of Natasha, a young woman who arrives in Moscow longing for her fiance; and Pierre, a middle aged man full of regrets. Expect to find the Ashby Stage transformed with cabaret tables, Russian vodka, and an unforgettable theatrical experience. Nominated for twelve Tony awards!

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Show sponsors: Naomi Janowitz & Andrew Lazarus; Kitty; Jason Marks; Mindful Money; Les & Sue Polgar, Ragesh Tangri & Daralyn Durie

Season sponsors: Anonymous, Don Kaufman & Carol Amyx; Craig & Kathy Moody; Richard Nelson & Jan Berman

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 is generously supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Who's on tonight? Check the understudy schedule.

Run Time: 2 hours & 45 minutes (including one intermission)

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Join the Party and Sit Onstage!

What's up with the onstage seats? For Great Comet, we are leaning into the party atmosphere of the show and have reconfigured the entire theater in some new and exciting ways. This means that the Ashby Stage is going to look a little different from what you might be used to! We've added premium onstage and cafe table seating. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to our team at, and we'll be happy to help!

Masked Matinées

February 12 & February 23

In accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California and the City of Berkeley, at this time masking is encouraged but not required. It also means that proof of vaccination checks are no longer required to see a performance. We understand that there are some theatergoers who are only comfortable gathering in large groups with masks. To make our performances accessible to as many people as possible, we will additional "Masked Matinée" performances. Food and drink from our concessions can be enjoyed outside, but eating or drinking inside the theater is not allowed during these performances and audience members are required to wear a mask at all times inside the theater.

Watch the trailer

Great Comet Trailer

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