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Chekhov on the British Stage - Patrick Miles

Chekhov on the British Stage

By: Patrick Miles (Editor)

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Published: 22nd April 2009
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This is the first book to consider the whole subject of Chekhov's impact on the British stage. Recently Chekhov's plays have come to occupy a place in the British classical repertoire second only to Shakespeare. The British, American and Russian authors of these essays examine this phenomenon both historically and synchronically. First they discuss why Chekhov's plays were so slow to find an audience in Britain, what the early productions were really like, and how Bernard Shaw, Peggy Ashcroft, the Moscow Art Theatre and politics influenced the British style of Chekhov. They then address the often controversial issues of directing, acting, designing and translating Chekhov in Britain today. The volume concludes with a selective chronology of British productions of Chekhov's plays and will be of interest to students and scholars of the theatre, as well as theatre-goers, theatre-practitioners and Russianists.

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Note on style and abbreviations
Introduction
Chekhov on the British stage: differences
The 'inevitability' of Chekhov: Anglo-Russian theatrical contacts in the 1910s
Chekhov, naturalism and the drama of dissent: productions of Chekhov's plays in Britain before 1914
Bernard Shaw's dialogue with Chekhov
Coping with the outlandish: the English response to Chekhov's plays 1911-1926
Komisarjevsky's 1926 Three Sisters
Peggy Ashcroft and Chekhov
Far from the West End: Chekhov and the Welsh language stage 1924-1991
Chekhov re-viewed: the Moscow Art Theatre's visits to Britain in 1958, 1964 and 1970
A path to Chekhov
Subsequent performances: Chekhov
The 'dwindling scale': the politics of British Chekhov
The Cherry Orchard: a new English version
Changes of direction: Mike Alfred's methods with Chekhov
Chekhov and the company problem in the British theatre
Design for Chekhov
My search for standards as a translator of Chekhov's plays
Chekhov into English: the case of The Seagull
English translations of Chekhov's plays: a Russian view
Appendix: A chronology of British professional productions of Chekhov's plays 1909-1991
Index
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ISBN: 9780521384674
ISBN-10: 0521384672
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd April 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57