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The Chekhov Theatre


  • 51 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 457 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.94 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792.9/5
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PG3458.Z9 S877 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich,--1860-1904--Stage history
    • Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich,--1860-1904--Dramatic production

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521440752 | ISBN-10: 0521440750)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published August 1997

Replaced by 9780521783958


This is the first cross-cultural study of Chekhov's plays in production. Many now consider Chekhov a playwright equal to Shakespeare, and this book studies how the reputation evolved, and how the presentation of his plays varied and altered from their initial productions in Russia to the most recent postmodern deconstructions of them. Particular attention is given to the staging of Chekhov in Russia before and after the Revolution, and under different regimes; in the English-speaking world, in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as in Japan.


Introduction; Play list; List of illustrations; 1. Compromising with the theatre (Russia 1880–1896); 2. A brace of gulls (Russia 1896–1898); 3. Moscow nights (The Moscow Art Theatre 1898–1905); 4. Competitors and imitators (Russian Empire 1898–1917); 5. Chekhov goes West (Europe 1888–1938); 6. Comes the Revolution (Russia 1917–1935); 7. Chekhov learns English (United Kingdom and Ireland 1900–1940); 8. At home abroad (Europe and England 1917–1938); 9. America discovers Chekhov (USA 1900–1944); 10. Under duress (Russia 1940–1945); 11. Breaking with tradition (Russia 1950–1970); 12. Ferment in an age of stagnation (Russia 1970–1990); 13. Out of the rubble (Central and Eastern Europe 1945–1985); 14. Ut pictura poesis (Italy and France 1945–1985); 15. All-American Chekhov (USA 1950–1995); 16. Chekhov without tears (United Kingdom 1950–1993); 17. Chekhov sans frontières (The world, 1900–1995); 18. The perestroika of Chekhov (Eastern Europe and Russian Federation 1989–1994); Notes; Index of Chekhov productions; Index of titles and characters; Index of proper names.

Prize Winner

the Barnard Hewitt Award of the American Society for Theatre Research for 1997


"...a valuable resource for the scholar and the artist. Useful in all academic and public collections, this book can also be profitably read as a study of the world's great stage directors and as a stage history of the international avant-garde in the 20th century." Choice

"...solid scholarship...thoroughly entertaining text.... All in all, Senelick has pulled another splendid rabbit out of his hat. ...for those interested in Chekhov's fate on the world stage." J. Douglas Clayton, The Russian Review

"The Chekhov Theatre, a wide-ranging summary of research conducted by Senelik [sic] and hundreds of other Chekhov scholars, is an indispensible volume. A bottomless source of information about the stage history of Chehkov's plays, it is presented in a clear, elegant and concise style. It definitely will be of great interest to stage directors and dramaturgs, Chehkov specialists, instructors and students of Russian literature, and, in general, to all those who love Chehkov and the theatre." Clara Hollosi, Canadian Slavonic Papers

"As tour de force the book is remarkable and the reader cannot fail to be impressed by the sheer amount of knowledge on display..." Slavic Review

"...timely and important..." Murray Biggs, Theater

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