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Stage Editorial

chekovsshorts19.jpg Oh, those Russians…

Chekhov’s short stories are at the very pinnacle of the form and five of them have been newly adapted for a production coming to the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham.

Has anyone captured the human condition, replete with all its absurdities and poignancy, better than Anton Chekhov? (Answer: no.) Five of his best – including ‘The Lady with the Little Dog’, ‘The Chemist’s Wife’, ‘At a Summer Villa’, ‘An Avenger’ and ‘The Bear’ – have been adapted and directed by Eliot Giuralarocca and will be performed by a company of five. Featuring original live music these wonderful vignettes are by turns hilarious, romantic, off-beat and, above all, memorable. They hold a mirror up to the half-comic, half-painful experience of love and relationships and create a world in which the tender and the grotesque are inextricably linked. This show is part of the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre ‘Try It For A Tenner’ season – check their website for others.

In & Out of Chekhov’s Shorts, Monday 16 September, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 7.30pm, £10 (£7.50 student). queenshall.co.uk