A low coffee table sits before us, its woodgrain perpendicular to that of the boarded stage, laid with a glass mug diagonally sandwiched between an upright sugar cuboid in one corner and a bowl of fluffy pink and white marshmallows in the other.
Dave Malloy’s score is quite simply astounding. Beginning with a sole accordion, in the early stages it all sounds quite traditional and very recognisably Russian (without straying into stereotypes), but as it goes on there is more of a modern tinge to the music.
Having first appeared in a concert performance at the London Palladium in 2016, Eugenius! is a hilariously nostalgic musical by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins which has grown into a confident and joyous production.