Anton Chekhov

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Siobhán McSweeney as Winnie in Happy Days by Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

There you are, a very unpopular person who hates the art most people love. A young radical wanting to change the world, you sink into a dark mood when(...)

Grilled carrots with yogurt, carrot-top oil and dukkah: Photographs: Andrew Scrivani/The New York Times

“You ask me what life is,” wrote the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. “That’s like asking what a carrot is. A carrot is a carrot, and there’s n(...)

John Doran (Finbar Lowe) and Caitríona Ennis (Emer Hackett) in The Fall of the Second Republic. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

What if you could step back in time? Things might well turn out to have be worse. The Fall of the Second Republic, the new play from Corn Exchange, br(...)

Derbhle Crotty and Garry Hynes before rehearsal for The Cherry Orchard, a Druid production

Power comes in many forms. There is physical power, inherited power, seized power. There is the extraordinary and frequently unexpected power of stron(...)

Avengers: Infinity War: the team behind the film has gone to great lengths to guard the story prior to its release this week. Photograph: Marvel Studios Photograph: Marvel Studios

This article may contain spoilers. Possibly. The word has been so semantically unstable of late that we’re not entirely sure. Speaking to Benedict Cu(...)

Christine Clare as Marianne in Three Sisters

Ulster Bank Belfast International Arts Festival Lyric Theatre, Belfast ★★ The elegant, poetic spirit of Anton Chekhov is but a distant echo in (...)

 Trainer Aidan O’Brien. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Air Force Blue lining up in today’s Darley July Cup was hardly in Aidan O’Brien’s original 2016 script for the colt he described as the best two-year(...)

The winners at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2015 in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards took place with a spectacular ceremony at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Among the video tribute(...)

Bush Moukarzel: ‘The experience is supposed to feel as complicated and layered as it feels like to have a mind. That’s the mess.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s hard to find anybody with a good word to say about Platonov. That’s as true of the dissolute character at the centre of Anton Chekhov’s first (...)

Ivan Turgenev: the playwright fashioned a “theatre of moods, of secret turmoil rather than explicit action”, as has his adapter Brian Friel. Portrait by Mokouski/Getty

It is almost taken for granted that there is some kind of special dramatic relationship between the two edges of Europe, Ireland and Russia. Of the ma(...)

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