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14 May 2013

The Arcola takes a fresh new look at an early Chekhov play

THE funnier, passionate and occasionally more brutal side of Anton Chekhov's work shines through in a new version of ‘Sons Without Fathers’ at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston.

Usually referred to as ‘Platonov’ (after the main character), the play follows the trials and tribulations of a school teacher adored by the women in his village.

Despite his best intentions, Mikhail Platonov is drawn into affairs that promise an escape from provincial Russia where he finds himself trapped.

‘Sons Without Fathers’ puts the spotlight on disaffected thirty-somethings; too old for modernity and too young to let go of their dreams. Consumed by bitterness, they use sex and vodka to fill a void, while blaming their fathers for their predicament.

Adapted and directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, the Arcola production provides a fresh look at Chekhov’s rarely performed first play, moving the action to a contemporary setting in modern-day Russia.

For tickets and more info, click here.

Sons Without Fathers is on at the Arcola Theatre Dalston  until 15 June

Sons Without Fathers is on at the Arcola Theatre Dalston until 15 June

Sons Without Fathers is on at the Arcola Theatre Dalston  until 15 June

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