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Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov
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Are You There, Crocodile? Inventing Anton Chekhov

Michael Pennington
 

Michael Pennington’s solo show about Anton Chekhov has taken London’s ‘Russian Actor’ from the Trans-Siberian Railway to Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow, into the repertoires of the National Theatre and the Old Vic, and across Europe.

Are You There, Crocodile? also includes accounts of his work on Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Tolstoy’s Strider among other Russian projects, as well as searching essays on how Chekhov’s four masterpieces actually work in the theatre. This book is a study of the great writer, a partial autobiography, and, centrally, an actor’s search for identification with the elusive Anton Chekhov himself.

Review
It is fortunate that so remarkable a man and writer has attracted so remarkable an actor -  Sunday Telegraph (UK)



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-192-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Chekhov on Theatre
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Chekhov on Theatre

Anton Chekhov (Translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
Chekhov started writing about theatre—in newspaper articles and in his own letters—even before he began writing plays. Later he wrote in detail about these to his wife and leading actress, Olga Knipper, and to the two directors of the Moscow Art Theatre, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko.

Collected here for the first time in Stephen Mulrine’s vivid translations, these writings reveal Chekhov’s many and varied insights into the way theatre works—and how best to realise his own intentions as a theatre writer. 

Compiled by Jutta Hercher and Peter Urban, translated by Stephen Mulrine.

Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-075-5 | Sales rights: Australia & NZ | PB
Chekhov's First Play
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Chekhov's First Play

Dead Centre
 

‘I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.’ – Anton Chekhov

During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.

In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

A new play by Dead Centre, creators of the OBIE / Fringe First winning LIPPY.

Cast : 3F, 4M
Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-757-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Chekhov: 4 Plays
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Chekhov: 4 Plays

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Anton Chekhov (Translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
Anton Chekhov's four greatest plays in one volume - in sensitive, accurate and much-performed translations by Stephen Mulrine. With an extensive introduction, including biographical notes and suggestions for further reading.
 
The plays —The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya —are also available in single editions. Click on the individual titles above for plot details, and further information.
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-845-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Chekhov: Shorts
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Chekhov: Shorts

Anton Chekhov (Translated by Stephen Mulrine)
 
This collection features Chekhov’s best-known short plays in brand new translations: three farces, two comic duologues and a monologue, all of them referred to by Chekhov as ‘vaudevilles’ and all written in the late 1880s before any of his great full-length plays. ‘I don’t much care for theatre,’ he wrote at the time, ‘but I do enjoy vaudevilles.’

These accurate and actable translations by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine reveal a dramatist revelling in the broad comedy of human behaviour, a comedy which was refined in his later masterpieces.

Highly entertaining, these comic shorts offer a fascinating insight into Chekhov’s development as a dramatist, and will provide actors at any level—student, amateur or professional—with an ideal showcase.
Cast : 2M, 1F; 2M, 1F; 2M;8M, 3F; 2M; 1M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-291-9 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Cherry Orchard, The
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Cherry Orchard, The

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Anton Chekhov
 

Chekhov's classic tragicomedy. Ranevskaya can no longer afford to keep her childhood home with its beautiful but barren cherry orchard. She rejects the compromise offered by Lopakhin, a local businessman, to cut down the orchard and sell the land for holiday homes. Eventually Ranevskaya and her family are forced to leave the estate which Lopakhin has now bought.

Translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.

Also available in Chekhov: 4 Plays.

Cast : 7M, 5F + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-412-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Cherry Orchard, The
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Cherry Orchard, The

Anton Chekhov (adapted by Pam Gems)
 
In his masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov maintains an exquisite balance between elegiac celebration of the romance of the past, as embodied in the cherry orchard in full bloom, and the awesome prescience of what is so soon to overwhelm Russia - revolution.

The themes are majestic, and yet at the centre of the play is Ranévskaya, a tragic woman who lacks adroitness for survival in a changing world but who has one asset: a capacity for love. It is her solution - and Chekhov's.



Cast : 8M, 5F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-738-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Free State, The
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Free State, The

A South African Response to Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard'

Janet Suzman
 
This powerful version of Chekhov’s famous drama reflects the South African phenomenon of the 1990s. With the hindsight of the new millennium we can look back and see that the miracle did happen. The new order did take over from the old. The fruitless cherry orchard was chopped down. The old men who couldn't move with the times have been left behind and forgotten. Chekhov's great pre-revolutionary drama, dreaming of youthful energy replacing the worn-out inertia of a dying world, lends itself  vividly to this new setting in post-revolutionary South Africa.

Review
Suzman has given Chekhov's last great play a hard new dimension - public, moral and political.  The Time



Cast : 7M, 5F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-133-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Ivanov
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Ivanov

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Anton Chekhov
 
Set in a country weighed down by political, ideological and spiritual stagnation, Chekhov's compelling early play is rooted in the revolutionary atmosphere of Russia at the turn of the 20th century.

Translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine, with notes on Further Reading, a Chronology and a Pronunciation Guide.

Cast : 5F, 5M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-068-7 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Ivanov
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Ivanov

by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Eamon Flack

Eamon Flack
 
Nikolai Ivanov is losing his mind. His life used to be full of possibility, but now he's moneyless on an old farm with his mendicant uncle and his inexplicably happy if slightly criminal cousin. He's in debt to his neighbours, nothing much makes sense to him anymore, and worst of all, his wife is dying. But one afternoon at a local birthday party, a glimmer of a new life reveals itself...

Written when he was 27, Ivanov is Anton Chekhov's first full-length play. Eamon Flack's adaptation was written specially for Belvoir. Updated to the present, and set in a 'Russia' that may or may not resemble modern Australia, this is the first professional production of Chekhov's marvellous, overlooked comedy.

            
Cast : 5M; 5F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-555-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Ivanov
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Ivanov

Anton Chekhov (translated/adapted by David Harrowe
 
Ivanov, a driving force in local government and a visionary landowner, feels burnt out at thirty-five. Once the pioneer of scientific farming methods and of education for the peasants, he now feels drowned in bureaucracy and debt, his large estate neglected. While his wife is dying, Sasha, a young, educated woman, falls in love with Ivanov and determines to save him. Set in a country suffering from political, ideological and spiritual stagnation, Chekhov's first full-length play anticipates the explosive revolutionary atmosphere of Russia at the turn of the twentieth century.

Review
A play often patronised as an immature melodrama, one that Chekhov himself described as "a pudding", has the quirkiness, the subtlety, the unpredictable touches of human truth we associate with the great works that followed -  Benedict Nightingale, The Times


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-339-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Seagull, The
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Seagull, The

Anton Chekhov
 

A striking version of Chekhov’s classic play by Charlotte Pyke, John Kerr and Joseph Blatchley, restoring to the play the cuts demanded by the Russian censor in 1896.

In nineteenth-century rural Russia, an anxious young writer prepares the first performance of his new play for the two women in his life. The consequences are devastating, with everybody in love with the wrong person, and death hovering close by.

Through both comedy and tragedy, Seagull explores lives that are precariously balanced between love and indifference, success and failure, hope and despair.

Review
wonderfully nimble... the play feels fresh and vital... full of warmth and wit -  Stage



Cast : 7M, 6F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-210-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Seagull, The
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Seagull, The

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Anton Chekhov
 

Arkadina, a famous actress, and her lover, a famous novelist, are spending the summer on her country estate, but their glamorous presence proves fatally disruptive to the lives of all those present, especially her son, Konstantin and Nina, the girl he loves.

Translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.



Cast : 8M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-193-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Seagull, The
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Seagull, The

Anton Chekhov (adapted by Anya Reiss)
 

“We need the theatre, couldn’t, couldn’t do without it. Could we?”

A successful actress visits her brother’s isolated estate far from the city, throwing the frustrated residents unfulfilled ambitions into sharp relief. As her son attempts to impress with a self-penned play, putting much more than his pride at stake, others dream of fame, love and the ability to change their past.

Chekhov’s darkly comic masterpiece is reignited for the 21st century by one of the most exciting new voices in British Theatre, Anya Reiss, Winner of the Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards.

 


 

Cast : 6M, 4F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-425-6 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Seagull, The
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Seagull, The

Anton Chekhov, (adapted by Benedict Andrews)
 
The Seagull is Chekhov's extraordinary gathering of a group of bruised and incandescent dreamers who cannot, no matter how they try, get what they want. It is also one of the masterpieces of theatre about theatre; an exploration of how telling stories and coining symbols interacts with life.

Benedict Andrews' adaptation brilliantly reawakens the spirit of Chekhov's great play. Set in a world which is at once Russia then and Australia now, this new version is charged with all the good faith and natural poetry of Chekhov's original.


Cast : 6M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-898-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Seagull, The
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Seagull, The

Adapted by Torben Betts

Anton Chekhov
 
‘Only love brings happiness into this earth, the poetical love of youth, sweeping away the sorrows of the world.’

As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a more entertaining drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.

"This robust new production of Chekhov...seizes the classic text by the scruff of the neck... ... there’s a punchy energy and strong through-line of thought, perfectly mirrored by Betts’s earthy new adaptation which refuses to let everyone remain in an emotionally distant 19th-century world..." Evening Standard 

Cast : 5F, 7M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-899-3 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Sons Without Fathers
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Sons Without Fathers

A new version of Chekhov's 'Platanov'

Helena Kaut-Howson
 

Village schoolteacher Platonov is a man who is loved by women. Despite his best intentions he is drawn into a series of extra-marital affairs that all hold the promise of escape from the provincial Russian reality where he and his circle of friends are trapped. Consumed by bitterness and disappointment, they attempt to fill the void in their lives with sex and vodka, blaming their fathers for the mess they’ve been left in.

A brand new version of Chekhov’s Platonov, Sons Without Fathers is funnier, more brutal and more wildly passionate than the Chekhov we’ve come to know. It shines a light on this band of disaffected thirty-somethings – too old to move with the times, and too young to let go of their dreams.



Cast : 8M, 5F (including 3J)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-004-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Three Sisters
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Three Sisters

Anton Chekhov, trans. Nicholas Wright
 

Nicholas Wright’s version of Chekhov’s masterpiece, in which four young people are left stranded in a provincial backwater following the death of their father. They focus their dreams on returning to Moscow, a city remembered through the eyes of childhood as a place where happiness may just be possible.

Review
'More than any Three Sisters I recall, it contrasts laughter with what comes after: hope and delight with frustration and disillusion... Extremely moving — and wholly Chekhovian.'    Times



Cast : 9M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-755-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Three Sisters
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Three Sisters

Anton Chekhov, (adapted by Benedict Andrews)
 

In a remote Russian town, Olga, Masha and Irina yearn for the adrenaline rush of life in Moscow—but their plans go nowhere. Disaster, deception, meaningless self-sacrifice—in Chekhov’s heartbreaking masterpiece, each new twist of fate sees the sisters’ control over their destiny slip away.



Cast : 9M, 6F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-503-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Three Sisters
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Three Sisters

In a new version by Anya Reiss

Anton Chekhov (adapted by Anya Reiss)
 

“You won’t be here. Not in thirty years. You’ll have had a stroke, or I’ll have shot you. It’ll be one or the other.”

Three sisters. Three thousand miles from home. Overworked Olga, wild Masha and idealistic Irina dream of returning. Living in a world of deceit, desire and hard drinking, it’s difficult but is there something else holding them back?

Reinterpreted for the 21st century by award-winning writer Anya Reiss, this searing new version of Chekhov’s most haunting masterpiece reunites the team behind 2012's critically acclaimed, sell-out hit, The Seagull.

Cast : 5F, 7M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-099-7 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Three Sisters
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Three Sisters

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Anton Chekhov
 

Living in a provincial army barrack town, Olga, Masha and Irina are finding life dull and long for the vitality of Moscow. Meanwhile their brother's wife begins to take over their house and their lives.

Chekhov's masterpiece of provincial claustrophobia is translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.




Cast : 9M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-221-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Three Sisters on Hope Street
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Three Sisters on Hope Street

After Chekhov

Diane Samuel and Tracy-Ann Oberman
 
It doesn’t work, you know, pretending that nothing very serious is happening. Because it is happening. And it is serious.

Fascinating re-invention of Chekhov set amongst the Jewish community in war-torn Liverpool   

Liverpool, 1946. A year after the sudden death of their father, three sisters, Gertie, May and Rita Lasky, share their once-grand home on Hope Street with their asthmatic brother Arnold, their Auntie Bell (who still keeps her packed suitcase under the bed) and old family friend Dr Weinberg (who swears, hand on heart, that he’s on the wagon).

As the sisters welcome in GIs and pilots from the nearby American base, each continues her own search for meaning amidst the shattered remains of their blitzed city.
   
Combining warmth, poignancy and Jewish-inflected humour, this inventive re-imagining of Chekhov’s famous play is the product of the talents of Diane Samuels (Kindertransport) and well-known TV actress Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders).

Premiering first in Liverpool to kick off the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, then at Hampstead Theatre, London, 3 Sisters on Hope Street stays astonishingly close to Chekhov’s original while setting it in a fascinatingly new and resonant context.

Cast : 6M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-576-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Uncle Vanya
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Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov (adapted by Bryony Lavery)
 
One of the high points of world drama, Chekhov's bittersweet tale of frustrated lives and unrequited loves - by turns witty, playful, nostalgic and tragic - is captured in all its complexity by Bryony Lavery's spirited, sharply-written adaptation. 








Cast : 5M, 4F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-739-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Uncle Vanya
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Uncle Vanya

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Anton Chekhov
 

Vanya and his niece, Sonya, work relentlessly to keep their meagre estate going. Sonya finds relief in her undisclosed love for Astov, the local doctor. But all hope of relief is banished when their lives are invaded by Sonya's selfishly destructive father and his beautiful new wife.

Translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.




Cast : 6M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-430-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB