Slow, Absorbing, Good acting, Great acting, Great staging
About the Show
Olivier Award winner, Conor McPherson, creates a new adaptation of Chekhov's Russian family drama.
Professor Serebryakov (Ciarán Hinds) and his second wife, Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar), visit their familial estate to declare their intention to sell the property. In doing so, suppressed tensions begin to rise to the surface. New adaptation by Olivier Award winner Conor McPherson, who sets the 1898 drama forward by a decade.
Ciarán Hinds is powerful as a monstrously egotistical Serebryakov, Anna Calder-Marshall, Dearbhla Molloy and Peter Wight all lend heft and significance to characters that often count for nought. All in all, a glory.
...it is both refreshing and even radical to go back to Chekhovian basics and produce a more faithful version like this in the West End that demonstrates what a masterpiece the play is without the need for reinvention.
Heavens, no. Like so many good versions of classics, Conor McPherson’s new adaptation feels almost impossibly contemporary in the way it packs so much lust, wit, rage and regret into its brisk but unhurried two and a half hours.