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Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov

Selected Stories - Anton Chekhov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

bookshelves: play-dramatisation, slavic, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, winter20092010, classic, published-1899

Read from January 25 to 29, 2010


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov's birth, Michael Pennington plays the great Russian writer presenting a series of his short stories on the subject of marriage, dramatised by Martyn Wade.

A repressed schoolmaster has marriage on his mind.

Chekhov ...... Michael Pennington
Belikov ...... Jasper Britton
Kovalenko ...... Nicholas Boulton
Varenka ...... Zoe Waites

Directed by Philip Franks and Jane Morgan.

Two children. Two pets. One stranger. Then a small domestic disaster. Alistair McGowan reads a tale from the Russian master.

Broadcast on:
BBC Radio 7, 2:45pm Monday 25th January 2010


The Black Monk - A haunting story of love, obsession and the supernatural.


A Play - She insists on showing him her terrible work. He takes drastic action. Alistair McGowan reads.


The Huntsman - A haunting tale of unrequited love.


The Old House - The landlord shows us one of his properties. The memories are traumatic


The Lady with the Little Dog - A beautiful tale of love and betrayal.


Ivan Matveyitch - An old academic and a young boy. A topsy-turvy friendship, but it endures.


Rothschild's Violin - A story of regret about a coffin maker whose wife of 50 years is taken seriously ill.


Bad Weather - Or to put it another way, what has the husband been up to in Moscow?