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Chekhov’s First Play – The Playhouse, Liverpool

Adaptor/Director: Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel Reviewer: Imogen Rowe Chekhov developed a particular style in his playwriting that can be seen to evolve throughout the course of his career. Coming in at the very start, Dead Centre distil and expound the essence of Chekhov’s style, themes and characters, taking what is thought to be Chekhov’s first, unfinished, play and using ...

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Three Sisters – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Words, music and performance by RashDash (after Chekhov) Reviewer: Julia Beasley It’s Chekhov, but not as you know it. Actually, it’s not Chekhov at all. Or perhaps it’s Chekhov torn into bits, mashed up, smeared thinly over a feminist diatribe against patriarchy, and then set to live music and dance. RashDash imagines the original three Russian sisters Olga, Masha and ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Anton Chekhov Designer: Tom Piper Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Julia Beasley What do you do when you’re broke? This is the question facing Luba, whose family estate (with its vast cherry orchard) is deep in debt and about to be auctioned off to a developer. Unfortunately for the cherry orchard, Luba is a member of the liberal elite fallen ...

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Ivanov – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Jonathan Kent Reviewer: Steve Turner Chichester Festival Theatre presents a trio of Chekhov works under the banner Young Chekhovand, in a refreshing move, the theatre has selected two early less well-known plays: PlatonovandIvanovto sit alongside a more famous work The Seagull. All are adapted for this season by Sir David Hare. Ivanov was the first play ...

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Uncle Vanya – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Chekhov, Adapted by Samuel Adamson Director: Mark Rosenblatt Designer: Dick Bird Reviewer: David Gann This is a theatre of excellence, and not to be missed. Beautifully acted, directed, and designed, Uncle Vanya is given a new lease of life with a contemporary and incisive translation from Samuel Adamson that cuts through Chekhovian clichés, yet facilitates the actors to connect ...

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Three Sisters – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Andrei Konchalovsky Reviewer: Christopher Hong …………………….. Part of a Chekhov double bill with Uncle Vanya, the Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky brought these two productions from Moscow’s Mossovet State Academic Theatre to Wyndham’s Theatre. Apart from the big name director, another draw is they feature Russian actors and are played in Russian with English surtitles as part ...

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Three Sisters – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adaptor: Anya Reiss Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Tom Finch Anya Reiss’ new version of Anton Chekhov’s story of existentialist crisis and middle class boredom brings the tale right up to date. The action is transposed from the Russian countryside to a house near the British Embassy in an unidentified Middle Eastern country. Most of the troops have ...

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Afterplay – The Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Roisin McBrinn Music: Richard Taylor Designer: Paul Wills Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Previous seasons at Sheffield Theatres have celebrated the work of Michael Frayn and Sir David Hare, this year it is the turn of Brian Friel. Three of his plays are being performed over the next few weeks. Afterplay (first performed in Dublin in 2002) is ...

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