Abstract. The paper deals with current interpretations of Chekhov’s drama by modern Russian directors. The author mainly focuses on “The Cherry Orchard”, traditionally regarded as Chekhov’s will, and evidently taken by our directors as “a play of catastrophe”. The examination of mentioned tendency is incorporated into the author’s assuming conclusions concerning dominating issues of current Chekhov’s theatre, with a reference to concrete examples. The paper poses a question, whether these described approaches correlate with basic principles of Chekhov drama poetics.
: Chekhov, theatre, “The Cherry Orchard”, directors, interpretation, current productions, Konchalovsky, Mirzoyev, Tuminas
Litavrina Marina Evgenievna,
D. in Art Studies, professor,
Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Russian State Institute of Theatre Arts GITIS (Moscow).