Michael Frayn’s acclaimed adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s untitled play (that sometimes goes by the name Platonov) returns to the stage this Christmas as Howard Davies directs Wild Honey into the New Year.
Frayn is known for a wealth of shows he has also penned during his successful career, as well as numerous novels, and audiences have responded to his work decade after decade. With Wild Honey he took a play penned by Chekhov in the late 1870s and turned it into one of the most-performed versions of the text.
The show focuses on the character of Mikhail Vasilyevich (Mikhail Platonov in the original version), whose wife is not the only woman in his life, with three other pretty women all falling for him. He is a schoolmaster who sees himself in a positive light – with wit, good looks and success in life bringing him unending confidence. But his situation is not always to his liking and the attention of these four women could be his undoing.
The show was originally one of Chekhov’s first, though it didn’t emerge until many years after his death. Though it has been performed in its original form over the years, it is Wild Honey that audiences are more familiar with and this will not change with this revival in 2016.
And with Howard Davies directing, audiences can be sure they are in for a compelling experience. The Associate Artist of the Hampstead Theatre has been behind various hits for the National Theatre, the Old Vic and beyond and he remains one of the biggest names in British theatre.
Wild Honey runs at the Hampstead Theatre from Friday 2nd December 2016.
|Booking From:||Friday, 9th December 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th January 2017|
|Wed:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||3.00pm and 7.30pm|
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