“They say you changed the whole sky and everything under it, Sergei Pavlovich. What does that mean?”
Rona Munro’s 2011 play, originally performed by the RSC, charts the fascinating life and largely untold story of Chief Designer Sergei Pavlovich Korolyov, who in spearheading the Soviet space programme, set humanity on a course to the stars.
Munro’s play is one about human endeavour in the face of personal and political strife, and tells a story of success, enthusiasm and defeat. Although Yuri Gagarin was the first human being to ever look back on the Earth, Sergei Pavlovich Korolyov was the man that put him there.