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.