Ladybird by Vasily Sigarev

4 - 22 December, 7:30 pm
NEW DIORAMA THEATRE, 15 - 16 Triton Street, Regents Place, London, NW1 3BF
Third play by Vasily Sigarev tells the story of a group of young people in a run-down, provincial Russian city in the 90's, struggling to find purpose and identity in a world turned upside down after the collapse of Soviet Communism.

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in a version by Benedict Andrews

8 September - 13 October 2012
Young Vic, 66 The Cut Waterloo London SE1 8LZ
In a remote Russian town, Olga, Masha and Irina yearn for the adrenaline rush of life in Moscow – but their plans go nowhere... Three Sisters - an all time classic by Anton Chekhov in interpretation of visionary director Benedict Andrews.

Martin Dewhirst

Martin Dewhirst has lectured on Russian language and literature at the University of Glasgow since 1964. He is particularly interested in twentieth century Russian literature and has compiled many bibliographies on the subject for The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. He has worked periodically on the Samizdat staff of Radio Liberty in Munich and is also a specialist on Soviet censorship and archives.

Justine Waddell

Actress, Target
Justine Waddell (born 4 November 1976) is a South African born, British actress. Her roles include playing Estella in the 1999 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and her dual role in 2006 feature film The Fall. She has also appeared in various theatrical productions of works by Anton Chekhov such as the 1997 London stage production >>>

Black Bread and Cucumber

5 –23 October
Celebrating Anton Chekhov's 150th Birthday, Caroline Blakiston performs her play at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Black Bread and Cucumber is Caroline Blakiston's acclaimed one-woman show about how she made history as the first British actress to play Chekhov in Russia, in Russian! Black Bread and Cucumber was written during 1992-3, following Caroline Blakiston’s unique experience playing Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard in Russia. She was the first English actress to play Chekhov in Russia in Russian.

Inspired by Diaghilev - Hampstead and Highgate Festival

24 September - 3 October
Over 40 events covering dance, film, music, poetry, theatre and visual art will take place across Hampstead and Highgate. The programme includes Matthew Hurt’s 'Lightening Conductor' a dramatic profile of Diaghilev (played by Simon Callow) as well as classical music concerts focusing on the composers who worked with Diaghilev and an exhibition of photographs of Ballets Russes dancer Tamara Karsavina.
There will also a series of events entitled ‘Russian Voices’ which focus on Anton Chekhov (Jonathan Miller), Leo Tolstoy (Zinovy Zinik), the Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy and Anna Akhmatova’s cycle of poems, ‘Requiem’, read by Glenda Jackson.

The Exclamation Mark

by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Rosamund Barlett
Hesperus Press, 2008, pp. 99
A civil servant stands accused of not understanding the rules of punctuation. He begins to go through the correct use of commas and semicolons before arriving at the exclamation mark, which, he realizes, in 40 years of writing, he has never used. From here he develops a bizarre and paranoid fantasy in which everyday objects transform into malevolent exclamation marks.
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