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Oddservants Theatre return to the Space with a new play based on Anton Chekhov’s short plays

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ODDSERVANTS Theatre are presenting Chekhov in Moscow at the Space. A playful celebration of Anton Chekhov’s life, work and famous wit, it runs from August 27 to September 1, 2019.

This new play is set in an 1897 rehearsal as formidable acting pioneer Stanislavski sets about challenging the Establishment at the famous Moscow Arts Theatre. Like all revolutions though, things aren’t necessarily going to plan.

Audiences can expect battles with authority, troublesome actors, crushing self-doubt and epic procrastination in the first performance of this fast-paced historical comedy.

Following thorough literary research, Chekhov in Moscow seamlessly combines Chekhov’s short Vaudeville plays, monologues and published letters with, admittedly, a bit of historical guesswork to recreate a moment in history that may have changed theatre forever.

Chekhov in Moscow is penned by Mike Carter, newly announced as the Space’s Literary Manager and directed by Lizzie Quinn.

The cast includes Antony Cozens (as Anton Chekhov), Edward Tidy (Konstantin Stanislavski), Louise Devlin (Olga Knipper) and John Rayment (Alexander Artyom).

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (January 29, 1860 – July 15, 1904) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer, considered to be among the greatest writers of fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics of world theatre – The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya. He is also well known for a series of comic short plays and monologues including The Bear, The Proposal and The Harmful Effects of Tobacco.

For more information or to buy tickets, call the box office on 0207 515 7799 or visit space.org.uk/event/chekhov-in-moscow/.