Hilarious series of shorts

European Arts Company presents a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov at The Maltings tomorrow.

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 12:42 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 09:51 am

Following sell-out tours in Ireland, Germany and Greece, European Arts Company presents a revival of Chekhov’s Shorts – a charming and hilarious collection of short comic plays by Anton Chekov, and the show is being brought to the Maltings as part of its 40-day tour across the UK.

Chekhov’s Shorts is a highly entertaining introduction to one of the world’s great writers.

Chekhov is the second most performed playwright in the world after Shakespeare and is best known for plays such as The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, as well as his short stories.

Chekhov’s hugely entertaining shorts were originally written for Russian Vaudeville theatres.

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Director John O’Connor said: “These plays represent an important moment in the development of Chekhov as a writer.

“They combine all the tragic-comic beauty of the longer plays with the silliness of a sketch show.

“This is Chekhov at his comic best, before Uncle Vanya started shooting, The Seagull got stuffed, The Three Sisters started moaning and The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’.”

Chekhov’s Shorts stars former RSC actor Rupert Mason (A Touch of Frost, Eastenders), actor-comedian Will Hartley (Otherworld, The One Griff Rhys Jones) and exciting newcomer Eva Savage.

Chekhov’s Shorts follows previous productions of A Picture of Dorian Gray and The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which both toured the UK extensively and both transferred to London’s West.