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Chekhov

15th October 2008

Dear All

Received from a member
Best wishes
Ute

Ute, Just found this on The Stage (a weekly publication) website:
[Chekhov’s life dramatised in R4 seriesPublished Tuesday 14 October 2008
at 14:50 by Matthew Hemley BBC Radio 4 is to dramatise Irene Nemirovsky’s
biography of playwright Anton Chekhov in a production serialised over a
week in November. The five-part drama will be broadcast in Radio 4’s
Woman’s Hour slot, beginning on Monday November 3, and is being directed
by Lucy Bailey, who was most recently at the helm of Timon of Athens at
The Globe and who is lined up to direct Julius Caesar for the Royal
Shakespeare Company in 2009.Nemirovsky’s biography, called A Life of
Chekhov, has been adapted by Michael Hastings, who wrote the play Calico,
performed in the West End in 2004.His adaptation of Nemirovsky’s book will
star Niamh Cusack as Chekhov’s mother Yevgenia and Dave Hill as his
father, Paul.Chekhov, whose work Ivanov is currently playing in the West
End, will be portrayed by Andrew Scott, who was awarded an Olivier Award
in 2005 for his performance in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Royal
Court’s Theatre Upstairs.Meanwhile, Romola Garai, who recently played Nina
in the RSC production of The Seagull, will play the playwright’s sister
Masha.The production, which takes its title from the book, is being made
by independent company Promenade, set up by director Bill Bryden and
Nicholas Newton in 1994.Newton, who also co-founded the Bush Theatre in
London, said Nemirovsky’s biography worked as a drama because she “puts
aside the conventional biographer’s position” to write the story as “if
she was in the presence of the Chekhov family”.He said each part of the
serial portrayed a scene from Chekhov’s life which could be listened to as
a self-contained story.]

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