Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, The University of Nottingham
Friday 24 January to Monday 5 May 2014
This exhibition draws on marketing materials from The University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections. 90 or so years of British production of Chekhov's plays is traced though theatre programmes, posters and flyers. This history also illustrates how British theatre programmes themselves have changed in the period.
Recurrent images in the marketing have created a recognisable style of costume, a special landscape and specific objects which have become indelibly linked with Chekhov and by extension his Russia. One critic, Susannah Clapp, has labelled this world a ‘Russia of the theatrical mind.’
Has Chekhoviana been penetrated at all by contemporary attitudes to Russia? Are things now beginning to change as Russia herself has entered a new age?
Curator Cynthia Marsh, said: ”From Chekhov, with love. I have explored many Russian playwrights but always find myself returning to the genius of Chekhov. I hope I have caught some of his quizzical and quirky humour in the exhibition.”
Cynthia Marsh is Emeritus Professor of Russian Drama and Literature, Department of Russian and Slavonic studies at The University of Nottingham, in conjunction with the Manuscripts and Special Collections team.
A series of lunchtime talks will accompany the exhibition. For more information and for opening times, contact Lakeside Box Office on +44 (0)115 846 7777 or visit www.lakesidearts.org.u
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