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Young Chekhov: Ivanov

The Chichester Festival Theatre production

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare

19 July to 8 Oct 2016
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins, including interval

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.

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).

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 Platonov and The Seagull) or enjoyed together, either over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience.


Talks and events

Jonathan Kent on Young Chekhov, Thu 15 Sep, 6pm,
In Context: Chekhov the early work, Mon 26 Sep, 2pm

Get the playtext from the National Theatre bookshop.

4 star rating

Young Chekhov is revelatory. A superlative trilogy

Time Out
5 star rating

An immensely rich trilogy. Olivia Vinall is excellent as the lovelorn Sasha

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Translated with wit and freshness by David Hare and superbly staged by Jonathan Kent

Financial Times
5 star rating

Wildly funny and crammed with vivid humanity. Ceaselessly vibrant and richly rewarding. Theatrical bliss

The Times
5 star rating

Three theatre giants and a brilliant cast create a world so joyfully funny. A delight.

Daily Mail
5 star rating

One leaves the theatre in a Chekhovian twilight

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Young Chekhov is the greatest of theatrical marathons


Young Chekhov trailer

Watch the trailer for the Young Chekhov trilogy.

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Young Chekhov time lapse

Watch the crew install the stage for Young Chekhov in just thirty seconds.

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Marfusha Babakina
Emma Amos
Pavel Lebedev
Jonathan Coy
Fourth Guest
Mark Donald
Count Matvyei Shabyelski
Peter Egan
First Guest
Col Farrell
Zinaida Savishna
Debra Gillett
Avdotya Nazarovna
Beverley Klein
Mikhail Borkin
Des McAleer
Yevgeni Lvov
James McArdle
Mark Penfold
Piotr and Second Guest
Luke Pierre
Anna Petrovna, nee Sarah Abramson
Nina Sosanya
Nikolai Ivanov
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Third Guest
David Verrey

Production team

Ticket prices

Mon – Thu & all matinees
£60*, £52, £39, £29, £15
Fri & Sat evening
£65*, £56, £44, £31, £18
* Best seats, centre stalls. Limited availability.

Access performances:
Sat 3 Sep, 4pm & Wed 5 Oct, 7.30pm (Captioned)
Sat 24 Sep, 4pm & Sat 8 Oct 4pm (Audio-Described)

Original photography by Johan Persson and Sorted