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Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5T

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Chekhov's First Play

Closed November 10, 2018

Riveting. Takes a wrecking ball to theatrical convention

The Irish Times

Why See Chekhov's First Play?

Dead Centre Stages The Unstageable

A brilliant examination of the works and words of Russia's great dramatist, as well as the very nature of theatrical performance itself, Dublin-based theatre company Dead Centre's thought-provoking dramedy 'Chekhov's First Play' made its debut at the Bristol Old Vic in 2016 to rapturous acclaim. Take a seat and put on headphones at the London staging of this anything-but-traditional interpretation of Platonov, playing for a strictly limited run at the Battersea Arts Centre this Autumn, 31st October - 10th November.

Widely regarded as unstageable, Platonov was written by Chekhov at the tender age of 18, and was lost to history until its manuscripts were unearthed by Soviet scholars in 1921. Its messy multitude of characters, themes, action and original five-hour run time mark it an unfinished work, but Dead Centre are more than up to the task of deconstructing and rebuilding it all to present an immersive meta-theatre work that explores the existential crises that many creators face.

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Opening night: 31 October 2018

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