Production images are released today for Young Chekhov season at Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Kent and newly adapted by David Hare, 23 actors play 50 parts across three plays.
Newly adapted by David Hare and directed by Jonathan Kent, the productions, which open on 17th October, 2015, present a unique theatrical event with a repertory cast of 23 actors performing 50 parts in Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull. For the first time on this scale audiences will be provided with the opportunity to see all three shows in close proximity performed by the same group and with the same creative team.
Currently in previews, the Young Chekhov cast have worked together on the productions for over three months. The cast includes Emma Amos, Nebli Basani, Lucy Briers, Pip Carter, Anna Chancellor, Jonathan Coy, Nicholas Day, Mark Donald, Peter Egan, Col Farrell, Joshua James, Beverley Klein, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, James McArdle, Mark Penfold, Brian Pettifer, Nina Sosanya, Sarah Twomey, David Verrey, Olivia Vinall, Samuel West and Jade Williams.
Each of the three plays can be seen as a single performance or as one event, either over different days or as one intense theatrical experience on Trilogy Days. With over 5,000 tickets at £10 available across the Young Chekhov season, audiences can see all three plays for as little as £30.
This season within a season is anchored by a trio of talent – Chekhov himself, playwright David Hare, and director Jonathan Kent, returning to Chichester following his triumphant production of Gypsy in Festival 2014. Young Chekhov reunites Kent and Hare who have previously collaborated on productions for the Almeida Theatre.
These three plays, written when Anton Chekhov was young, offer a new perspective on the dramatist, revealing a youthful anger and romanticism that is very different to his mature, more familiar work.
David Hare’s numerous credits include the world premiere of South Downs at Chichester (also West End), the National Theatre’s trilogy of plays about British institutions, Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War, adaptations such as The Blue Room (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway), Behind The Beautiful Forevers, also for the National Theatre and his forthcoming new production The Moderate Soprano (Hampstead Theatre). He is also an acclaimed screenwriter and has received Academy Award nominations for The Hours and The Reader.
Director Jonathan Kent returns to Chichester following his acclaimed productions of Gypsy, Private Lives and Sweeney Todd, all of which transferred to the West End. Other credits include Good People (Hampstead Theatre and West End), Oedipus (National Theatre), Don Giovanni and The Fairy Queen (both for Glyndebourne).
Young Chekhov: The Birth of A Genius is sponsored by Wiley. The Seagull is sponsored by De’Longhi.
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