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Written by Anton Chekhov​

Satirikon Arkady Raikin Russian State Theatre

Stage Russia HD (Satirikon Theatre): Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity.

"A mesmerizing, unforgettable experience" –


“Transcendent" – The Theatre Times


"A revelation" –

“Extraordinary” – The Moscow Times

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 3 hours 27 minutes 

Creative Team

Director - Yury Butusov

Set Designer - Alexander Shishkin
Music - Faustas Latenas
Lighting Designer - Anatoly Kuznecov

Sound - Ekaterina Pavlova and Dariya Kascheeva

Stage Manager - Angelika Ramazanova


Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev - Timofey Tribuntsev

Nina Zarechnaya - Agrippina Steklova

Irina Nikolaevna Arkadina - Polina Raykina

Petr Nikolaevich Sorin - Vladimir Bolshov

Ilya Afanasyevich Shamraev - Anton Kuznetcov

Polina Andreevn - Lika Nifontova

Masha - Maryana Spivak

Boris Alekseevich Trigorin - Denis Sukhanov

Evgeniy Sergeevich Dorn - Artem Osipov

Semen Semenovich Medvedenko - Anton Kuznetsov

Dancing girl - Marina Drovosekova

Yakov - Sergey Bubnov

Treplev's monologue in Act 4 - Yury Butusov

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