Chekhov: The Bear & The Lady with the Dog


  • Dates
    18 August 2022 - 27 August 2022
  • Times
  • 7.30pm


  • Full Price£21
  • Concession£18


AЯT Theatre present their debut, a double bill of short comedies by Anton Chekhov: The Bear & The Lady with the Dog. Emigrated Director, Dmitrij Turchaninov is alumnus of Studio Chekhov: Moscow Art Theatre School – where Chekhov’s plays were first performed. It’s a unique opportunity to see authentic Chekhov – in English.
About the Performance
Two people on the stage. They light a spark in the first act, and in the second they wander through the black-and-white old film of a decent life.
In this performance, Director Dmitrij Turchaninov has put together the unlikely combination of a farce and a short story giving rise to new meaning; that no matter what, love will always ruin your plans.
The Bear
Why does a person become rude, why do they hide themself in their own “world”?
The action takes place in the country at the end of the 19th century. A retired artillery officer must pay interest on his mortgage, but where can he get the money? He goes to beat debts out of his fellow friends, but they deftly evade payment and he’s forced to venture to distant debtors. He visits a young widow who, after her husband’s death, has not received anyone for seven months, and does not leave the house herself. The widow categorically offers the officer to come back the day after tomorrow, but the officer insists that the money be paid today. Which of them will be able to insist on their own?
The Lady with the Dog
“If your boring life suits you – do not fall in love in any case!”
The action takes place at a resort, in the capital, and in a provincial city. A trivial holiday romance turns out to be a fateful meeting, first for Her, then for Him. “And what’s good about that?” – some will ask, “What’s wrong with that?” others echo. Probably, in order to answer, you need to experience it yourself, and as a preventive measure, watch the Chekhov version.
AЯT Theatre are an international group of artists founded by alumni of Drama Centre London.
Age Recommendation 12+ some very partial nudity.


Anna Viller

James Viller


Dmitrij Turchaninov

Costume Design
Liisa Zukova

Set Design
Richard Morrell

Lighting Design
Arturs Sakura

Assistant Producer
Lidia Nikolskaya

Assistant Producer
Daria Ilkaeva