Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Three Sisters written by Anton Chekhov and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre with the director Stanislavski in 1901

Some scenes from The Three Sisters written by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavski (1863 - 1938) and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, with the scenic design by Viktor Simov, on February 13, 1901. The cast included Stanislavski as Vershinin, Olga Knipper as Masha, Maria Andreyeva as Irina, Vsevolod Meyerhold as Tusenback, Maria Samarova as Anfisa and Alexander Vishnevsky as Kulygin. This became the most popular of the MAT's productions of Chekhov's plays, remaining part of the company's repertoire for the next 18 years.


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Friday, 28 October 2016

The (Marriage) Proposal (1889) written Anton Chekhov and produced at the Vassar College Theater, USA, in 1927

Some scenes from The Proposal (first published in 1889) written by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) and produced at the Vassar College Theater, USA, in 1927. They performed it three times in one evening, each with a very different staging: in the second version, played closer to tragedy, the actors were masked, and in the third the actors were all dressed in work suits in a playground, tossing a ball between them.







The Bear (1888) written by Anton Chekhov and produced by the Players Club in New York City in 1915?

A scene from The Bear (first published in 1888) written by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) and produced by the Players Club in New York City in 1915?




Monday, 24 October 2016

Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich (1868) written by Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898

Some scenes from Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich (first published in 1868 and first performed in an amateur production in Saint Petersburg in 1890) written by the Russian playwright Count Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875) and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre, under the direction of Constantin Stanislavski (1863 - 1938) and Alexander Sanin, with the scenic design by Viktor Simov, on October 26, 1898. The cast included Vsevolod Meyerhold as Prince Vasili Shuysky, Olga Knipper as Princess Irina, Maria Roksanova as Princess Mstislavskaya, Alexander Vishnevsky as Boris Godunov, Vasily Luzhsky as Prince Ivan Shuysky, Mikhail Darski as Prince Andrey Shuysky, Alexander Sanin as Lup-Kleshnin, Georgy Burdzhalov as Mikhaylo Golovin, Maria Samarova as Volokhova and Alexander Artem as Kryukov; Ivan Moskvin initially played Fedor, followed by Vasily Kachalov and then Nikolai Khmelev. The censor insisted on the removal of all religious characters from the production.






















Friday, 21 October 2016

The Storm written by Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky and produced at the Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theatre, Leningrad, in 1916, with costume design for the play by Aleksandr Golovin

Five scenes from The Storm (1860) written by the Russian playwright Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (1823-1886)  and produced at the Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theatre, Leningrad, in 1916, with the costumes designed by Aleksandr Golovin



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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Inspector General (1836) written by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol and produced at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1892

A scene from The Inspector General (Ревизор, first performed in 1836) written by the Russian playwright Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809-1852) and produced at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1892







Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Life of Man (1906) written by Leonid N. Andreyev and produced by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1908

A scene from The Life of Man (first published in 1906) written by the Russian playwright Leonid N. Andreyev (1871-1919) and produced by both Konstantin Stanislavsky (with his Moscow Art Theatre) and Vsevolod Meyerhold (in Saint Petersburg) in 1907 and 1908






Sunday, 16 October 2016

Woe from Wit (1823) written by Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov and directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold in 1928

A scene from Woe from Wit (written in 1823) written by the Russian playwright Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov (1795-1829) and directed by Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874 - 1940) in 1928





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Friday, 14 October 2016

The Inspector General (first published in 1836) written by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol and directed by Vsevold Meyerhold at the Meyerhold Theatre, with the set design by Viktor Kiselyov in 1926

Several scenes from The Inspector General (first published in 1836 and revised in 1842) written by the Russian playwright Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (1809-1852) and directed by Vsevold Meyerhold (1874 - 1940) at the Meyerhold Theatre, with the set design by Viktor Kiselyov in 1926






  











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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Whiteheaded Boy (1916) written by Lennox Robinson and produced by Noblesville High School, Indiana USA, around 1920

A scene from The Whiteheaded Boy (first published in 1916) written by the Irish playwright Lennox Robinson (1886-1958) and produced by Noblesville High School, Indiana, USA, around 1920





The Rising of the Moon (1907) written by Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory and produced at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, by the Irish National Theatre Society in 1907

A scene from The Rising of the Moon (a political play which examines Anglo-Irish relations, 1907) written by the Irish playwright Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory (1852 - 1932) and produced by the Irish National Theatre Society at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on March 9, 1907





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Sunday, 2 October 2016

If (1921) written by Lord Dunsany and produced at the Broadway Theatre, USA, in 1917

A scene from If (first published in 1921) written by the Irish playwright Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) and produced at the Broadway Theatre, USA, in 1917





The Queen’s Enemies (written in April 1913) written by Lord Dunsany and first produced at the Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City on November 14, 1916

Two scenes from The Queen’s Enemies (written in April 1913) written by the Irish playwright Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) and first produced by the Gertrude Kingston Company, at the Neighborhood Playhouse (1915-1927), New York City, with the scenic design by Warren Dahler & Howard Kratz, having run for 42 performances from November 14, 1916 to December 30, 10, 1916





 
Alice Lewisohn (right) played the title role in The Queen's Enemies


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Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Glittering Gate (1914) written by Lord Dunsany and produced at the Arts and Crafts Theater in Detroit, in 1916

A scene from The Glittering Gate (first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on April 29, 1909) written by the Irish playwright Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) and produced at the Arts and Crafts Theater in Detroit, in 1916





The Gods of the Mountain (1914) written by Lord Dunsany and produced by the Portmanteau Theater, New York City, in 1916

A scene from The Gods of the Mountain (first produced at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on June 1, 1911) written by the Irish playwright Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) and produced by the Stuart Walker Portmanteau Theatre, New York City, having run from Nov. 27, 1916 to Jan. 6, 1917