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Young Chekhov: Platonov

The Chichester Festival Theatre production

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare

14 July to 8 October 2016
Running Time: 2hrs 45mins, including interval

Young Chekhov: Platonov

Set in the blazing heat of a rural summer, irresistible schoolteacher Mikhail Platonov is caught in a whirlwind of lust, dangerous liaisons and vodka.

This riotous comedy is a declaration of youthful rebellion against the humdrum compromises of middle age.

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 Ivanov 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.

5 star rating

Absorbing. Energetic. A triumph for this superb ensemble

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Young Chekhov is revelatory. James McArdle is hilarious, tragic and magnificently watchable as Platonov

Time Out
5 star rating

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

Financial Times
5 star rating

Hare’s version is tight, wickedly witty, emotionally honest and rife with snortingly funny one-liners. 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

4 star rating

James McArdle's Platonov has charm, intelligence and good looks in spades

Mail on Sunday
5 star rating

Ceaselessly vibrant and richly rewarding. James McArdle is terrific.

The Times

Young Chekhov trailer

Watch the trailer for the Young Chekhov trilogy.

More info

Chekhov Challenge: Round One

We put the Young Chekhov cast to the test to see how well they really know the productions.

More info

Production team


Sergei Voynitzev
Pip Carter
Porfiri Glagolyev
Jonathan Coy
Colonel Ivan Triletsky
Nicholas Day
Kiril Glagolyev
Mark Donald
Nikolai Triletsky
Joshua James
Mikhail Vasilievich Platonov
James McArdle
Mark Penfold
Timofei Bugrov
Brian Pettifer
Luke Pierre
Anna Petrovna
Nina Sosanya
Maria Grekova
Sarah Twomey
Pavel Shcherbuk
David Verrey
Sofya Yegorovna
Olivia Vinall
Sasha Ivanovna
Jade Williams

Original photography by Johan Persson and Sorted

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, 11.45am & Wed 5 Oct, 2pm (Captioned)
Sat 17 Sep & Sat 24 Sep, 11.45am (Audio-Described)