Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Seagull (1895) written by Anton Chekhov, directed by Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich Danchenko at the Moscow Art Theater in December, 1898

Scenes from The Seagull (first published in 1895) written by the Russian Playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), directed by Konstantin Stanislavsky (1863-1938) and Vladimir Nemirovich Danchenko (1858-1943) at the Moscow Art Theater in December, 1898

The Seagull 1898 at Moscow Art Theatre. From left to right; V. Luzhsky as Sorin, V. Meyerhold as Treplev, and M. Roksanova as Nina.



"Nemirovich overcame Chekhov's refusal to allow the play to appear in Moscow and convinced Stanislavski to direct the play for their innovative and newly founded Moscow Art Theatre in 1898. Stanislavski prepared a detailed directorial score, which indicated when the actors should "wipe away dribble, blow their noses, smack their lips, wipe away sweat, or clean their teeth and nails with matchsticks", as well as organising a tight control of the overall mise en scène. This approach was intended to facilitate the unified expression of the inner action that Stanislavski perceived to be hidden beneath the surface of the play in its subtext.[11] Stanislavski's directorial score was published in 1938."

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