Olivier Theatre, National
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Whenever audiences discover the work of Anton Chekhov is once again to be staged in the capital they naturally flock to see the work of the acclaimed Russian playwright. This will undoubtedly be true in 2016 for the arrival of the Young Chekhov Season at the Olivier National Theatre, where three of his works are presented, as adapted by David Hare.
Platonov is one of them, Chekhov’s very first full length play that didn’t even have a title until it was granted, in English versions at least, with the surname of its main character. Mikhail Platonov is a schoolteacher in the provinces who finds himself at the centre of female attention. A colleague is one of them, as is Sofia Yegorovna and the latter’s step-mother in law Anna Petrovna, and this situation will ultimately be his undoing.
Though it was written in the 1870s it was many years later that audiences were first treated to this early gem from the renowned writer. It has since been staged worldwide with writers bringing their own interpretations to the text, including David Hare in 2001 when he first brought his version to the stage. That was revived last year at the Chichester Festival Theatre and now makes its way to the National Theatre, where it will get plenty of attention.
It is directed by Jonathan Kent, well known for shows here at the National such as Mother Courage And Her Children, as well as West End shows like Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre and Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. With the Young Chekhov Season he will once again make a lasting impression.
Platonov appears as part of the season at the Olivier National Theatre from Friday 12th August 2016.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 5th October 2016|
|Booking Until:||Friday, 7th October 2016|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
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