Anton Chekhov

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Emilia Clarke: ‘The best place in the world is backstage at a theatre’
The Game of Thrones star on her self-doubt as the hit show took off, her decision to write about her brain aneurysms and showing her love through baking

Kathryn Bromwich

26, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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In brief: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain; The Slow Road to Tehran; Drift – review
George Saunders leads a writing masterclass, Rebecca Lowe goes on a cycling adventure and Caryl Lewis makes a magical English-language fiction debut

Ben East

01, May, 2022 @10:30 AM

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The Cherry Orchard review – Ian McKellen is brilliantly poignant in resonant adaptation
Artfully combining clumsiness with precision, McKellen’s Firs is the highlight of a production marked by arresting gestures and modern parallels

Mark Lawson

14, Oct, 2021 @8:27 AM

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Smoking Is Bad for You review – Chekhov with a breath of fresh air
Ali Watt is superb in an adaptation of two Chekhov short stories in this pioneering theatre’s fine new outdoor space

Clare Brennan

29, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood: ‘I was in so much pain underneath it all’
The Bafta-winning star talks about stage fright, embarrassing scenes, and the torment that lay behind her desire to please people

Barbara Ellen

28, Aug, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Take risks and tell the truth: how to write a great short story
Drawing on writers from Anton Chekhov to Kit de Waal, Donal Ryan explores the art of writing short fiction. Plus Chris Power on the best books for budding short story writers

Donal Ryan

14, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Seagull review – the setting is the star as Chekhov comes to Galway
Lady Augusta Gregory’s former home is an apt backdrop for this transposition of the play to 1880s Ireland

Helen Meany

12, Aug, 2021 @11:57 AM

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Janet Malcolm obituary
Staff writer for the New Yorker who wrote about the practice of journalism, art and biography

Ian Jack

01, Jul, 2021 @4:58 PM

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Top 10 books about duels | Dan Glaister
Bewitching writers of a certain romantic, invariably male, predisposition, duels have inspired the likes of Pushkin, Casanova and Chekhov, and some excellent history titles

Dan Glaister

12, May, 2021 @9:25 AM

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Ian McKellen's long-awaited return as Hamlet set for June
Shakespeare tragedy will be followed by The Cherry Orchard with a cast including Steven Berkoff and Jenny Seagrove

Chris Wiegand

19, Mar, 2021 @8:38 AM

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders review – rules for good writing, and more
The spell of words ... a wonderful book in which a Booker prizewinner explains what makes classic short stories work so well

Tessa Hadley

06, Jan, 2021 @7:30 AM

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George Saunders: 'These trenches we're in are so deep'
The Booker-winning author on what Russian short stories can teach us, late-life realisations and why he doesn’t like social media

Killian Fox

02, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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