Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humor; even more so a sense of freedom. Inspired by historical fact, the play centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. This darkly comic new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Collaborators is a new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach) and is directed by Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of The National Theatre in London.