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.