World Theater Day: Chekhov's Grand Piano in London

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In the framework of the World Theater Day celebrations, the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London hosted “Chekhov's Grand Piano” - a new production from 7 Star Arts. The production combined the music of Great Russian composers, such as Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with selected fragments from the plays by Anton Chekhov – “Chaika”, “Ivanov” "Cherry Orchard" and "Three Sisters".

“We deeply respect and love Russian culture. For two years, we represented the “Russian Winter Concert” with readings of pieces by Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pasternak performed by Susan Porrett at the Dorich House Museum. In continuation of the Russian theme, our next production - The Evening of Russian Ballets is a celebration of the music of the Russian ballet in its heyday. Having successfully presented the multi-genre play Preludes and Promenades, where The Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and the prelude by Scriabin were performed by the virtuoso pianist against the background of the original work of Clara Smith, we turned our attention to Chekhov. We believe that, along with Shakespeare, Chekhov is one of the greatest playwrights in the world. In addition, we love the music of friends and compatriots of Chekhov - Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. We conducted our own research and were very excited to discover many parallels between Chekhov’s works and music. This is how the idea of the show, which glorifies the genius of Anton Chekhov and the music that inspired him, originated,” says the founder of 7 Star Arts Yvonne Evans.

The piano part of the performance was performed by Anthony Hewitt. He is considered one of Britain’s most talented pianists, performing at various prestigious venues as part of the National Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.

British actress Susan Porrett performed excerpts from the works of Chekhov. Susan has played many parts in various British theaters, including the National Theatre and the Globe theatre. She has starred in many films and participated in the recording of episodes of the drama series “The First World War” on the radio.

The artwork for the production was prepared by the paperwork artist Clara Smith.
Also, the project “Theater in the lead role” by artists Alexandra Suvorova, Maria Suvorova and Anna Platonova was prepared to celebrate World Theater Day. The exhibition part of the project included a series of works on the Bolshoi Theater and other Moscow theaters. Architectural solutions of famous halls, sketches of ballet classes, staging process, portraits of theater workers were presented in the framework of the event.