Jonathan Kent's acclaimed production of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov, starring Ralph Fiennes, will visit Moscow's Maly Theatre April 24-26. This makes the Almeida Theatre Company the first UK company to take a Chekhov play to Moscow. It will also be the first foreign Chekhov seen at the Maly.
David Hare's adaptation of the play will run in England to April 12, with extra performances given the last week due to ticket demand (and because Fiennes, of The English Patient, is taking a quick break to fly to Hollywood in late March for the Oscar ceremony).
Appearing with Fiennes in Ivanov are Richard Addison, Georgine Anderson, Sam Beazley, Diane Bull, Oliver Ford Davies, Harry Gostelow, David Haggard, Ian McDiarmid, Rosemary McHale, David Melville, Justine Mitchell, Anthony O'Donnell, Bill Paterson, Christopher Rickwood, Colin Tierney, Justine Waddell and Harriet Walker.
Ticket prices vary from show to show, generally 6.50(pounds) to 19.50(pounds). Discounts are available for students, senior citizens, groups and the unemployed. For tickets or information: 0171-359-4404.
In other Almeida news, the company's next production after Ivanov will be Peter Oswald's translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Dona Rosita. Phyllida Lloyd directs the 1935 comedy, which incorporates poetry, song and dance in its 25-year plot-span. The production, beginning April 23, opens April 29 and runs to June 7. Lorca, murdered by Falangists in 1936, is best known for the tragedies Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House Of Bernarda Alba. Peter Oswald's latest play, Fair Ladies At A Game Of Poem Cards, was recently staged at UK's Royal National Theatre. Phyllida Lloyd directed Hysteria at the Royal Court and LA's Mark Taper Forum in 1995 and 1996.
--By David Lefkowitz