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Platonov

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

(Wild honey, a version of Michael Frayn)


" In 1920, sixteen years after Chekhov' s death, a new and
unknown play by him came to light. The bulky manuscript, in
Chekhov's own hand, was found inside a safe-deposit
in a Moscow bank. The circumstances of the discovery
are somewhat cloudy. But then there is an element of mystery
about the play itself. the title-page of the manuscript was missing,
and with it all record of the play's identity and origins. In England
it is usually called by the name of its hero, Platonov. I am not
enamoured of Platonov as a title. It has also been called
Without Fathers,That Worthless Fellow Platonov, Ce fou de
Platonov,
and Don Juan in the Russian Manner.
They all suggest that the play centres exclusively around the
one character, which is plainly not how Chekhov thought
about it.The best title to date seems to me to be Alex Szogyi's
A Country Scandal
. But Chekhov himself has provided
an even better one in the text. the play covers the period of the
Voynitzev's honeymoon (and its catastrophic end).
Anna Petrovna refers to it a phrase that seems to include all the
various sexual intrigues - "a month of wild honey" (in the original,
"a month smeared with wild honey"). This seems to me to evoke
precisely the wayward sweetness of forbidden sexual attraction,
and also the intense feeling of summer that pervades the play."

Michael Frayn, 19 July 1984


George Kimoulis (Platonov)


George Kimoulis (Platonov), Vladimiros Kirakidis (Sergey)




Theatre: Athineon

Opening night : 25th of December 1991



Transalation: GEORGE KIMOULIS & ZANNA ARMAOU

Director: ANDREW VISNEVSKI

Set designer: BARBARA HOOK

Costume designer: YIANNIS METZIKOF

Lighting designer: BEN ORMEROD

Music : THANOS MIKROUTSIKOS

Lyrics : LINA NIKOLAKOPOULOU & ARIS DAVARAKIS


Cast:

Dr. Triletzky: YIANNIS VOUROS

Yakov: GRIGORIS TOUMASATOS

Anna Petrovna: EMILIA IPSILANTI

Porfiry Glagolyev: KIRIAKOS KATRIVANOS

Sergey: VLADIMIROS KIRIAKIDIS

Colonel Triletzky: VASSILIS ANDREOPOULOS

Sofya: EFI MOURIKI

Marko: COSTAS FLOKATOULAS

Marya Grekova: MARIANNA TOUMASATOY

Platonov: GEORGE KIMOULIS

Sasha: MARGARITA ZORBALA

Petrin: STATHIS VOUTOS

Osip: ARTO APARTIAN