Ivanov

West End Aldwych Theatre 1976 with John Wood

West End Old Vic Theatre 1978 with Derek Jacobi

West End Strand Theatre 1989 with Alan Bates

London Almeida Theatre 1997 with Ralph Fiennes

London NT's Cottesloe Theatre 2002 with Owen Teale

West End Wyndham's Theatre 2008 with Kenneth Branagh

London NT's Olivier Theatre 2016 with Geoffrey Streatfeild

Play by Anton Chekhov. Once a man of limitless promise, Ivanov is plunged into debt. His marriage is in crisis, and his evenings are spent negotiating loans, avoiding love affiars and fighting to resist the small town jealousies and intrigues which threaten to engulf his life.

Anton Chekhov's (1860 - 1904) other plays seen in London's West End include The Wood Demon (1889), The Seagull (1896), Uncle Vanya (1899), The Three Sisters (1900) and The Cherry Orchard (1904).


London Revival 1976 at the Aldwych Theatre with John Wood

Previewed 2 September 1976, Opened 7 September 1976, Closed 4 December 1976 (in repertory) at the Aldwych Theatre

Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in a translation by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter Blair.

The cast featured John Wood as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Estelle Kohler as 'Anna Pretrovna', Norman Rodway as 'Paul Lebedev', Carol Gillies as 'Zinaida Savishna', Mia Farrow as 'Sasha', Kenneth Cranham as 'Eugene Lvov', Sebastian Shaw as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Zoe Wanamaker as 'Martha Babakina', Bob Hoskins as 'Michael Borkin', and Patrick Godfrey as 'Dmitry Kosykh'.

Directed by David Jones with designs by William Dudley, and lighting by Stewart Leviton.


London Revival 1978 at the Old Vic Theatre with Derek Jacobi

Previewed 16 August 1978, Opened 18 August 1978, Closed 8 December 1978 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre

Presented by the Prospect Theatre Company in a translation by Ariadne Nicolaeff.

The cast featured Derek Jacobi as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Louise Purnell as 'Anna Pretrovna', Michael Denison as 'Paul Lebedev', Shelia Mitchell as 'Zinaida Savishna', Jane Wymark as 'Sasha', Clive Arrindell as 'Eugene Lvov', John Savident as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Brenda Bruce as 'Martha Babakina', John Cording as 'Michael Borkin', and Oz Clarke as 'Dmitry Kosykh'.

Directed by Toby Robertson with designs by Robin Archer, and lighting by Mick Hughes.


London Revival 1989 at the Strand Theatre with Alan Bates

Previewed 5 April 1989, Opened 10 April 1989, Closed 5 August 1989 (in repertory) at the Strand Theatre (now Novello Theatre)

Presented by Triumph Theatre Productions in a version by Ronald Harwood.

The cast featured Alan Bates as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Felicity Kendal as 'Anna Pretrovna', Peter Sallis as 'Paul Lebedev', Sheila Steafel as 'Zinaida Savishna', Karen Ascoe as 'Sasha', Philip Franks as 'Eugene Lvov', Frank Thornton as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Cherith Mellor as 'Martha Babakina', Nicky Henson as Michael Borkin', and Robert Gwilym as 'Dmitry Kosykh'.

Directed by Elijah Moshinsky with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Davy Cunningham, music by Stephen Oliver, and sound by Paul Farrah.


London Revival 1997 at the Almeida Theatre with Ralph Fiennes

Previewed 6 February 1997, Opened 19 February 1997, Closed 5 April 1997 at the Almeida Theatre

Presented by the Almeida Theatre in a new version by David Hare.

The cast featured Ralph Fiennes as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Harriet Walter as 'Anna Pretrovna', Bill Paterson as 'Paul Lebedev', Rosemary McHale as 'Zinaida Savishna', Justine Waddell as 'Sasha', Colin Tierney as 'Eugene Lvov', Oliver Ford Davies as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Diane Bull as 'Martha Babakina', Anthony O'Donnell as 'Michael Borkin', and Ian McDiarmid as 'Dmitry Kosykh'.

Directed by Jonathan Kent with designs by Tobias Hoheisel, lighting by Mark Henderson, and sound by John Leonard.


London Revival at the NT's Cottesloe Theatre with Owen Teale

Previewed 7 September 2002, Opened 16 September 2002, Closed 12 October 2002 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre

Presented by the National Theatre in a new version by David Harrower.

The cast featured Owen Teale as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Juliet Aubrey as 'Anna Pretrovna', Peter Wight as 'Paul Lebedev', Gillian Hanna as 'Zinaida Savishna', Indira Varma as 'Sasha', Robert Bowman as 'Eugene Lvov', Philip Voss as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Sarah Flind as 'Martha Babakina', Stuart McQuarrie as 'Michael Borkin', and Christopher Hunter as 'Dmitry Kosykh'.

Directed by Katie Mitchell with choreography by Struan Leslie, designs by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Paule Constable, music by Melissa Holding, and sound by Gareth Fry.


London Revival 2008 at the Wyndham's Theatre with Kenneth Branagh

Previewed 12 September 2008, Opened 17 September 2008, Closed 29 November 2008 at the Wyndham's Theatre

The Donmar Warehouse present Anton Chekhov's Ivanov in London in a new version by Tom Stoppard and starring Kenneth Branagh.

The cast featured Kenneth Branagh as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Gina McKee as 'Anna Pretrovna', Kevin R McNally as 'Paul Lebedev', Sylvestra Le Touzel as 'Zinaida Savishna', Andrea Riseborough as 'Sasha', Tom Hiddleston as 'Eugene Lvov', Malcolm Sinclair as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Lucy Briers as 'Martha Babakina', Lorcan Cranitch as 'Michael Borkin', and James Tucker as 'Dmitry Kosykh', with John Atterbury, Jonathan Battersby, Emma Beattie, Linda Broughton, Ian Drysdale, Giovanna Falcone, James Howard and Malcolm Ridley.

Directed by Michael Grandage with designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and music and sound by Adam Cork.

"Chekhov is rightly viewed by many as the Russian Shakespeare for his questing insights into the soul. In Ivanov, the first of the playwright's completed plays and one that exhausted him, he has created a truly sad creature... It is a demanding part and Kenneth Branagh, in a greatly welcomed return to the West End stage, plays the title role with a powerful portrayal of crippling hopelessness... Director Michael Grandage keeps the play's rhythm moving briskly and Christopher Oram's designs are stunning... This new version of the play is by Tom Stoppard and he gives it much contemporary linguistic appeal, with frequent touches of comedy. But it is Branagh's portrait of a man hanging by a cobweb-thin thread that will remain in the memory." The Daily Express

"Adapting the 1887 work, Tom Stoppard isn't sure whether it is a comedy or a tragedy, and this ambivalence gives Michael Grandage's production an air of unease that borders sometimes on menace... Grandage invests the production with the good looks that are his trademark - each scene composed with the care of an Old Master - and there is some fine ensemble playing. A small gripe: Miss McKee looks too lusty to be taken entirely seriously as Ivanov's dying wife but it is a sensitive portrayal for all that. I enjoyed Malcolm Sinclair's deliciously hammy turn as Shabelsky - a waxed moustache, a huge quiff and the most dangerous eyes I have seen on a stage since the days of Robert Stephens - and Tom Hiddleston's rather fussy, slightly effete Lvov, who turns out to be Ivanov's unlikely Nemesis." The Sunday Telegraph

"Kenneth Branagh, in outstanding form, plays Ivanov, a sort of rustic Hamlet - a gentleman farmer who is consumed by self-loathing, self-pity and guilt because his wife (a desperately moving Gina McKee) is dying of TB and he can't bring himself to care... Tom Stoppard's new version has an easy wit. In what must be the funniest scene of drunkenness ever, several old soaks who have probably never been inside a kitchen, exchange recipes... An unmissable pleasure." The Mail on Sunday

"The broad comedy of Tom Stoppard's new version and Michael Grandage's entertaining, if uneven, staging sets up a tug of war between the ridiculous and the tragic: really sublime productions of Chekhov meld the two. There's some heavy, obvious acting from the cast and Grandage insists on drizzling music all over proceedings like treacle. Playing the girl smitten by the hapless Ivanov, gifted young actress Andrea Riseborough tries too hard to be coltish and tosses her hair a lot. But there's much to savour. Gina McKee gives a performance of moving ardour. And Kenneth Branagh opens the door to Ivanov's private, dishevelled vulnerability when he suddenly drops to the ground, his puffy face dripping tears." The London Metro

Presented as the first production of the Donmar Warehouse Season at the Wyndham's Theatre which runs from September 2008 to August 2009 and comprises of three other plays: William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Yukio Mishima's Madame de Sade and William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Ivanov in London at the Wyndham's Theatre previewed from 12 September 2008, opened on 17 September 2008 and closed on 29 November 2008.


London Revival 2016 at the NT's Olivier Theatre with Geoffrey Streatfeild

Previewed 19 July 2016, Opened 3 August 2016, Closed 8 October 2016 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre

Presented, in a version by David Hare, in repertory with Platonov and The Seagull under the title 'Young Chekhov - a transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre.

The cast featured Geoffrey Streatfeild as 'Nikolai Ivanov', Nina Sosanya as 'Anna Pretrovna', Jonathan Coy as 'Paul Lebedev', Debra Gillett as 'Zinaida Savishna', Olivia Vinall as 'Sasha', James McArdle as 'Eugene Lvov', Peter Egan as 'Count Matthew Shabelsky', Emma Amos as 'Martha Babakina', Des McAleer as 'Michael Borkin', and Brian Pettifer as 'Dmitry Kosykh', with Mark Donald, Col Farrell, Mark Penfold, Beverley Klein, Luke Pierre, David Verrey.

Directed by Jonathan Kent wiith sets by Tom Pye, costumes by Emma Ryott, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, and sound by Paul Groothuis.