Manuscripts and Special Collections

Weston Gallery Exhibition


Marketing a foreign classic to British audiences

Dates: Friday 24 January to Monday 5 May

Admission free

Chekhov is probably the most widely staged foreign dramatist in other cultures after Shakespeare. The British have a rich tradition of Chekhov performance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.



Evening event

Thursday 20 March, 7.30

Chekhov without the Chekhoviana

A performance-lecture presented by Cynthia Marsh with Theatre Matters. Questions are posed about British perceptions of Chekhov and his Russia, and answers are sought by exploring the plays themselves in performance.

Please notice that places for this event are limited, so please book in advance with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777.

Exploring the theatre programmes, flyers and posters relating to Chekhov productions which can be found in the historic collections at The University of Nottingham, gives deep insight into British domestication of this foreign classic. These materials begin to explain why this translated playwright seems so close to the British psyche and theatre-going public. The images used here are examples of British marketing for Chekhov plays.

Examining theatre ephemera shows how much the programme, in particular, has changed its function from being simple production information to providing cultural and historical contexts. It also shows how the marketing of Chekhov has responded to the changing perceptions of Russia in the theatre-going world and so, arguably, in society itself.

This exhibition has been jointly curated by Cynthia Marsh (Emeritus Professor of Russian Drama and Literature) and Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

A series of talks and events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 8467777. See the exhibition page at Lakeside Arts Centre for further details.

Location and Opening Times

Weston Gallery 
DH Lawrence Pavilion 
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park 

Box Office : 0115 8467777  

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 11am-4pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays 12pm-4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and 1st to 2nd January 2014 

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"Chekhoviana" will be followed by "All quiet in the Weston Gallery", which will open on 9 May 2014.

Lunchtime talks and evening event


Djanogly Theatre

All talks are 1 - 2 pm

Wednesday 29 January

Marketing classic plays

Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive, Nottingham Playhouse, draws on her extensive experience of theatre management to illustrate the process of marketing famous plays, such as those by Chekhov.

Tuesday 4 February

Chekhov in Russia today


Rose Whyman is currently Head of Drama at the University of Birmingham. Her research and teaching interests are in

Russian theatre and actor training. She visits Moscow to do research and to take part in arts projects regularly. Dr Whyman

will discuss how Chekhov's plays are perceived in the much-changed Russia of our times.

Tuesday 8 April

From Bathos to Pathos: How the British fell in love with Chekhov and his plays

Rosamund Bartlett is a biographer and translator of Chekhov, Visiting Professor, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, and Founding Director of The Anton Chekhov Foundation. On the basis of her research expertise and knowledge of the plays she illustrates British affinity to Chekhov.


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