The Young Chekhov trilogy opened to overwhelming acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre last year. The company now come to the National, offering a unique chance to explore the birth of a revolutionary dramatic voice.
Performed by one ensemble of actors, each play can be seen as a single performance (also see Ivanov and The Seagull) or enjoyed together, either over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience – book tickets for the all-day event here.
Talks and events
Jonathan Kent on Young Chekhov, Thu 15 Sep, 6pm,
In Context: Chekhov the early work, Mon 26 Sep, 2pm
Young Chekhov: Platonov
Schoolteacher Mikhail Platonov has a problem – he’s irresistible to women. Set in the blazing heat of a rural summer, this freewheeling comedy is a cry of youthful defiance against the compromises of middle age.
Young Chekhov: Ivanov
Nikolai Ivanov is only 35, a radical and a romantic, but already he’s feeling that he’s thrown his life away.
Determined not to become a small-town Hamlet, he hopes one last desperate romance may save him from a society rotten with anti-Semitism and drink. This electric play is powered both by hilarious satire and passionate self-disgust.
Young Chekhov: The Seagull
On a summer’s day in a makeshift theatre by a lake, Konstantin’s cutting-edge new play is performed, changing the lives of everyone involved forever.
Chekhov’s masterly meditation on how the old take revenge on the young is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage
All plays are adapted by David Hare whose stage plays include Skylight, Pravada and screenplays include The Hours and The Reader, directed by Jonathan Kent (Gypsy, Private Lives).
For more information please go to NT website.