Chekhov wasn’t all doom and gloom!
The Garrick is proud to present four of his early and hilarious short plays, ‘The Bear’, ‘The Evils of Tobacco’, ‘Swan Song’ and ‘The Proposal’. Chekhov himself dubbed these four early one-acts, “vaudevilles”. Written for their earning potential at a time when the playwright’s family was struggling financially, each of the plays deals with a subject that Chekhov would continue to explore in his later, more famous plays: love, in all its manifestations, glory and complication!
Translated by Michael Frayn (‘Noises Off’, ‘Copenhagen’), the plays are witty and brilliantly constructed examples of Chekhov’s ability to observe, dissect and ultimately pity human folly.
The Evils of Tobacco
- Nyukhin – Nick Johnson
- Popova – Paula Keen
- Smirnov – Jon White
- Luka – Richard Sails
- Stepan Stepanich (Chubukov) – Graham Simmonds
- Natalya Stepanovna – Sarah Roberts
- Ivan Vasilyevich (Lomov) – Ian Fensome
- Svetlovidov – Richard Sails
- Nikita Ivanich – Graham Simmonds
ASM/Prompt – Ken Currah
Photographer: Martin Oldfield