Chekhov’s First Play

Dead Centre

 I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.

Anton Chekhov

During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.

In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

Chekhov before he was Chekhov.

 Compelling… gets to the heart of Chekhov without looking or sounding remotely like him.

★★★★ Financial Times

 A brilliant endeavour… riveting to watch

★★★★ Irish Times

Mayfest presents the hotly-anticipated UK premiere of Dead Centre’s new show following 2015’s sensational Lippy. Your only chance to see this incredible new work before a major international tour.

Headphones are provided and worn throughout the performance.

Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Center, New York. Co-production: Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal (Rakvere) and Le Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Co-produced by Battersea Arts Centre.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Start Date
May 12, 2016
End Date
May 14, 2016
7.30pm, 2pm (Sat matinee)
Running Time
60 mins
Age Guidance
12+ (includes swearing)
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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