European Arts Company presents a charming and hilarious collection of short comic plays by Anton Chekhov on a national tour, opening at The Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on Sat 28th January. The production is supported by Arts Council England.
The show features former RSC actor Rupert Mason (A Touch of Frost, Eastenders), actor-comedian Will Hartley (Otherworld, The One Griff Rhys Jones) and exciting newcomer Eva Savage.
EAC’s last two shows (The Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray) transferred to Trafalgar Studios in the West End. Chekhov’s Shorts is embarking on a 40 date tour all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This is a highly entertaining introduction to one of the world’s great writers. Chekhov is the second most performed playwright in the world after Shakespeare and is best known for plays such as The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, as well as his short stories.
These short plays were originally written for Russian vaudeville theatres and are hugely entertaining. Director John O’Connor says:
‘They represent an important moment in the development of Chekhov as a writer. They combine all the tragic-comic beauty of the longer plays with the silliness of a sketch show. This is Chekhov at his comic best, before Uncle Vanya started shooting, The Seagull got stuffed, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’.
The show has previously toured around Ireland, Germany and Greece, delighting audiences everywhere. Here are some reviews:
‘Chekhov wasn’t all doom and gloom…European Arts Company’s production of ‘Chekhov’s Shorts’ is fast paced, witty and engaging’. The Stage
‘European Arts Company really takes the audience by storm…a surreal performance, witty and hilarious, full of energy talent and creativity.’- Culture Guide
‘The cast have almost as much fun as the audience…European Arts Company provides sheer entertainment but also an excellent opportunity for seeing high-quality live theatre’. - International Herald Tribune
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