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 and opened on January 31, 1901. Stanislavski played Vershinin and the sisters were Olga Knipper, Margarita Savetskaya as Olga and Maria Andreyeva as Irina.


First Act


Second Act

Third Act

Fourth Act



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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 on 14 October, 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 and opened on 14 October, 1898 under the direction of Constantin Stanislavski, with Ivan Moskvin in the lead role and Vsevolod Meyerhold as Prince Vasiliy Shuisky








Friday, 21 October 2016

The Storm written by Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (1823-1886) and produced at the Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theatre, Leningrad, in 1916, with costume design for the play by Aleksandr Golovin

Five scenes from The Storm (first published in 185?) written by the Russian playwright Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky (1823-1886)  and produced at the Leningrad Alexandrinsky Theatre, Leningrad, in 1916, with costume design for the play by Aleksandr Golovin


First Act

Fourth Act

Second Act

Third Act

Fifth Act





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 at the Meyerhold Theatre, with the set design by Viktor Kiselyov in 1926




  
 
 
 
 


"In 1926, the expressionistic production of the comedy by Vsevolod Meyerhold "returned to this play its true surrealistic, dreamlike essence after a century of simplistically reducing it to mere photographic realism". Erast Garin interpreted Khlestakov as "an infernal, mysterious personage capable of constantly changing his appearance". Leonid Grossman recalls that Garin's Khlestakov was "a character from Hoffmann's tale, slender, clad in black with a stiff mannered gait, strange spectacles, a sinister old-fashioned tall hat, a rug and a cane, apparently tormented by some private vision".
   Meyerhold wrote about the play: "What is most amazing about The Government Inspector is that although it contains all the elements of... plays written before it, although it was constructed according to various established dramatic premises, there can be no doubt — at least for me — that far from being the culmination of a tradition, it is the start of a new one. Although Gogol employs a number of familiar devices in the play, we suddenly realize that his treatment of them is new... The question arises of the nature of Gogol's comedy, which I would venture to describe as not so much 'comedy of the absurd' but rather as 'comedy of the absurd situation.'"
In the finale of Meyerhold's production, the actors were replaced with dolls, a device that Andrei Bely compared to the stroke "of the double Cretan ax that chops off heads," but a stroke entirely justified in this case since "the archaic, coarse grotesque is more subtle than subtle.""

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 (1907) written by the Irish playwright Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory (1852-1932) and produced at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, by the Irish National Theatre Society in 1907?





"The Rising of the Moon is a play by Augusta, Lady Gregory. It is a political play which examines Anglo - Irish relations. It was first produced on March 9, 1907 by the Irish National Theatre."

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 at the Neighborhood Playhouse (1915-1927), New York City on November 14, 1916

 
 
 

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 produced published 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 at the Portsmouth Theater, USA, around 1920

A scene from The Gods of the Mountain (first produced at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on June 1, 1911) written by the Irish playwright Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) and produced at the Portsmouth Theater, USA, around 1920