The Retreat from Moscow

The Retreat from Moscow

"The Retreat from Moscow" is a play written by William Nicholson about the end of a three-decade marriage and the subsequent emotional fallout. The title is taken from Napoleon's costly invasion of Moscow and the subsequent retreat. It was first performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre in October, 1999. It was eventually produced in New York on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, on October 23, 2003 with John Lithgow, Eileen Atkins and Ben Chaplin, under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best play.


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  • retreat — re|treat1 [rıˈtri:t] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(army)¦ 2¦(move back)¦ 3¦(change your mind)¦ 4¦(quiet place)¦ 5 retreat into yourself/your shell/fantasy etc 6¦(finance)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1.) ¦(ARMY)¦ to move away from the enemy after being defeated in battle ≠ ↑a …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • retreat — re|treat1 [ rı trit ] verb intransitive * 1. ) to avoid a dangerous, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation, especially by moving away from it: The elephants retreated to the safety of the forest. retreat into: Clara, embarrassed, retreated into… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • retreat */ — I UK [rɪˈtriːt] / US [rɪˈtrɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms retreat : present tense I/you/we/they retreat he/she/it retreats present participle retreating past tense retreated past participle retreated 1) a) to avoid a dangerous, unpleasant, or …   English dictionary

  • retreat — 1 verb (I) 1 MOVE BACK a) to walk back and away from someone or something because you are afraid or embarrassed: He saw her and retreated, too shy to speak to her. (+ to/from etc): Perry lit the fuse and retreated to a safe distance. b) if an… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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