There are many parallels between the works of Anton Chekhov and that of his compatriots. Chekhov’s writing is filled with allusions to music, especially the piano, and some of the plays have piano interludes. Shostakovich noted that Chekhov’s short stories were written in sonata form. Chekhov corresponded with Tchaikovsky, whom he revered, and his friend Rachmaninoff played the piano in Chekhov’s summer home The White Dacha at Yalta.

In this mixed-genre production from 7 Star Arts, the words of the great Russian writer, Anton Chekhov, are interwoven with music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and more, plus original compositions by David le Page, inspired by ‘The Seagull’.

‘Chekhov’s Grand Piano’ interweaves piano music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Kreisler with readings from the ‘The Seagull’, ‘Ivanov’, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘The Three Sisters’, selected and read by actress Susan Porrett.