On October 14 Stanislav Soshnikov made debut in «Re-reading Chekhov», based on Chekhov's short stories, in the role of Mitya Kuldarov. Congratulations to Stas! We are super excited for you and wish you all the best
On May 27th, Maly Theatre’s production «Re-Reading Chekhov» was performed at the State Literary and Memorial Museum-Reserve of A.P. Chekhov, in Melikhovo. The play was presented within the framework of the XVIII International Theatre Festival «Melikhovskaya Vesna».
Journalist Pavel Podkladov reports on the event: « «Re-Reading Chekhov», Maly Theatre’s production became the grand and to some extent touching finale of the powerful symphony called «Melikhovskaya Vesna». Touching because this festival has quite a story behind it. The tradition of Melikhovo theatrical meetings dates back to 1982. It was then, when 35 years ago, the actors of Leo N. Tolstoy Lipetsk Drama Theatre for the first time performed «The Seagull» on the veranda of Chekhov’s "grand duchy" , staged by Vladimir Pakhomov. Treplev and Zarechnaya in that play were played by young actors Olga Pakhomova (Ovchinnikova) and Yuriy Ilyin.Thirty-five years later they met in Melikhovo at yesterday's play! Yuriy Ilyin was on stage, and Olga Aleksandrovna was sitting in the front row! But that's just part of the story… This light-hearted performance was staged by Olga Pakhomova's daughter - Elena Olenina, who, together with her mother, came to Melikhovo in 1982! Elena Olenina together with a team of like-minded colleagues from the Maly Theatre very vividly "re-read" Chekhov, and as a result managed to produce a very funny, "tasteful" performance, brilliantly played by the masters of the oldest drama theatre in Russia.
The director in her introduction to the performance in the festival’s brochure suggested that only the artists of the Maly Theatre can deliver so skillfully Chekhov’s texts. Chekhov’s "weirdos" often find themselves in ridiculous situations thus bringing great please to the audience, sitting on the benches opposite the veranda of the main house. And even in spite of extreme weather conditions no one has left the "battlefield". And then the whole "auditorium" gave a stormy ovation to the wonderful actors and director! Now is not the right time to provide a detailed analysis of the performance, it's still ahead. I can only say that this production turned out to a worthy denouement of the saga called «Melikhovskaya Vesna 2017».»
Photos by Nikolay Antipov
On May 27th, Maly Theatre’s production «Re-Reading Chekhov» will be shown at the State Literary and Memorial Museum-Reserve of A.P. Chekhov, in Melikhovo. The performance will be presented within the framework of the XVIII International Theatre Festival «Melikhovskaya Vesna». The show starts at 20:00.
Journalist Pavel Podkladov on the upcoming event: «... there will be a real feast on the night of May 27! At 20-00 the Maly Theatre’s company will appear on the veranda of the Main House of A.P. Chekhov. They will showcase a performance entitled «Re-Reading Chekhov», a hilarious performance, based on Chekhov’s early short comic stories, which he wrote under the pseudonym Antosha Chekonte. The highlight of the performance is, in the first place, the text of the young Chekhov that can only be recited eloquently and played with such a taste by the actors of the Maly Theatre. Onstage is a company of actors that resembles a small troupe of the touring theatre. Nine actors and nine suitcases with stickers rather known to those who are familiar with the vicissitudes of Chekhov’s life: Yalta, Taganrog, Sakhalin, Melikhovo, Lopasnya ... The performance is only accompanied by the sound of the wheels of the passing trains and the ringing of the station bell resembling the sound of his Melikhov "fellowman" calling to remember, wait, love and believe. I have to remind my readers that some characters in this play are historical figures whose fate was linked with the Museum-Reserve Melikhovo. Actually the tradition of Melikhovo theatrical meetings started in 1982. Lipetsk theatre is considered to be the founding father of the festival - the actors of this theatre were the first time in the history of the Museum to step on the veranda of the Melikhovo manor to perform «The Seagull».
Elena Olenina, the performance director of current play, as a young girl, was among the audience in 1982. Her mother, Olga Pakhomova (Ovchinnikova), who was herself a young actress back then, played Nina Zarechnaya and took her daughter with her. Yuriy Ilyin, the Honored Artist of Russia and laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation played Treplev. By the way, Yuriy can be called an absolutely Chekhovian man and actor. After Treplev, he played Voinitsky in «Uncle Vanya», Petya Trofimov and Gayev in «The Cherry Orchard», Ivanov in «Ivanov», Aplombov in «The Wedding»,etc. In the current performance he will appear on the stage as an author. To be honest with you, I'm terribly jealous of Yuri Borisovich, who was lucky enough to live so many lives of Chekhov's characters! And I do hope that he will enrich his acting career with more "Chekhovian" roles.
By the way, talking about getting tickets for the above-mentioned performances… As I already noted, you cannot get them at the box office. But since the performance is taking place outdoors, everyone will get a chance to see it from the branches of the trees growing next to the Main House.»