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Chekhov’s First Play (Dead Centre): 24 Sept - 4 Oct, Samuel Beckett Theatre 

Dead Centre bring 'Chekhov's First Play' to the Samuel Beckett Theatre Sept 24 - Oct 4 2015

'Multilayered, metatheatrical and full of magpie borrowings… dense yet simple… extraordinarily textured both visually and aurally.' - The Guardian on ‘LIPPY’

I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.’ – Anton Chekhov

During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.

In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

Dead Centre, creators of the OBIE award-winning LIPPY (winner of a Fringe First, Herald Angel Award and the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production), return to do injustice to a great playwright.

Chekhov before he was Chekhov.

Headphones are provided and worn throughout the performance. Contains nudity, strong language and loud and sudden noises.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Directed by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
  • Cast includes: Liam Carney, Breffni Holohan, Rory Nolan, Rebecca O’Mara, Annie Ryan and Dylan Tighe
  • Design: Andrew Clancy and Grace O’Hara
  • Sound Design: Jimmy Eadie
  • Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
  • Costume Design: Saileóg O’Halloran


★★★★★ ‘Original, inventive, remarkable, glorious, shows this good don't come around that often.'
The Examiner

★★★★ ‘Hats need to be tipped to all invloved.' – The Public Reviews

★★★★ 'Less of an adaptation of Chekhov than an ambush' - The Irish Times

'Dead Centre have successfully unpicked Chekhov, and unpicked theatre.' - The Irish Indpendent

Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Center, New York. Co-production: Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal (Rakvere). Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Supported by Irish Theatre Trust. Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.


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