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Kama Ginkas has made a career of creating powerful theatre based on the prose of classic Russian authors. His famous Chekhov trilogy – Lady with the Lapdog, The Black Monk and Rothschild’s Fiddle – emerged as one of the most celebrated achievements in Russian theatre in the 1990s and 2000s. Ginkas’s dramatizations rarely change anything in the original text, but by breaking up the text and distributing it among actors in unexpected ways; by translating description into dynamic action; and by bringing out concealed character motivations in performance, Ginkas reveals the highly dramatic nature of non-dramatic work. 

Ginkas' award-winning* Lady with the Lapdog is a deceptively simple tale: Dmitry Gurov, a comfortable, middle-aged husband, father and womanizer, has a casual affair with Anna Sergeyevna, an unhappy young wife, while vacationing in Yalta; to his amazement, the jaded Gurov falls in love for the first time in his life, just as Anna does with him.

*Golden Mask Winner: Best Play 2003, Best Director 2003

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 113 min

Creative Team

Director: Kama Ginkas
Stage Design: Sergey Barkhin
Music: Leonid Desyatnikov

Costumes: Tatyana Barkhina

Lighting Designer: Gleb Philtishinskiy


Gurov: Igor Gordin

Anna Sergeyevna: Julia Svezhakova 

Resort Gentlemens: Aleksandr Taranzhin, Alexey Dubrovskiy


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