Chekhov in Hell has been cast and I couldn’t be more pleased. Simon Gregor has the title role and the ensemble company handling around 40 roles between them comprises Jonnie Broadbent, Ruth Everett, Emily Raymond, Geoffrey Lumb, and Paul Rider.
Initially I had thought - and told Simon
so - that this play needed to be performed by comedy actors, maybe even
comedians. I was kind of proved wrong in audition where it became clear
that the parts needed some careful balancing between attraction and
repulsion, between satire and sympathy, and it was always the actors who
It’s a really hefty cast of serious, funny, smart, immensely likeable people and I’m beside myself with impatience and excitement to see the thing on its feet.