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Young Chekhov: Three-play day

The Chichester Festival Theatre production

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare

Final perf: 8 October 2016
Running Time: all day

Young Chekhov: Three-play day

‘There’s rather brilliant; brilliant; and landmark-brilliant. I have no hesitation whatsoever in assigning to the last category David Hare’s inexhaustibly rich and game-changing adaptations of three of Chekhov’s early plays. The whole experience is a triumph.’

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

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).

Running times for the day
11.45am Platonov Curtain Up (Running: 2 hrs 45 including one interval)
2.30pm Intermission 1
4pm Ivanov Curtain Up (Running: 2 hrs 30 including one interval)
6.30pm Intermission 2
8pm The Seagull Curtain Up (Running: 2 hrs 30 including one interval)

Platonov 11.45am
Schoolteacher Mikhail Platonov has a problem – he’s irresistible to women.

Set in the blazing heat of a rural summer, this freewheeling comedy is a cry of youthful defiance against the compromises of middle age.

Ivanov 4pm
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.

The Seagull 8pm
On a summer’s day in a makeshift theatre by a lake, Konstantin’s cutting-edge new play is performed, changing the lives of everyone involved forever.

Chekhov’s masterly meditation on how the old take revenge on the young is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage


Restaurant packages

Special menus will be available in both House and Terrace restaurants on these dates only. These will be available in-between shows at 2.30pm and 6.30pm respectively and are designed to enhance your experience, allowing you to dine easily and efficiently on the day.

House menu
2 courses including a glass of house wine, soft drink or coffee £27
Terrace menu
3 plates including a glass of house wine, soft drink or coffee £22
Pre-booking is essential. Please add this to your basket when purchasing your tickets for the three show day.

Please note, only the menus specified above will be available on these dates.


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

Evening Standard

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

Financial Times
5 star rating

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

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

5 star rating

Superbly staged

Mail on Sunday

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

Ticket prices

Combined tickets. The same seat for all three plays on the same day at reduced prices:
£150, £125, £100, £80, £45

Access performances:

Sat 3 Sep, 11.45am & Wed 5 Oct, 2pm (Captioned)
Sat 17 Sep & Sat 24 Sep, 11.45am (Audio-Described)
Sat 3 Sep, 4pm & Wed 5 Oct, 7.30pm (Captioned)
Sat 24 Sep, 4pm & Sat 8 Oct 4pm (Audio-Described)
The Seagull:
Sat 3 Sep 8pm, Thu 15 Sep 7.30pm, Mon 26 Sep 7.30pm (Captioned)
Sat 17 Sep 8pm & Sat 8 Oct 8pm (Audio-Described)

Original photography by Johan Persson and Sorted