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Marketing a foreign classic to British audiences


Friday 24 January - Monday 05 May, 11am-4pm
Weston Gallery

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Weston Gallery Opening Hours Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm Sat/Sun 12noon - 4pm Djanogly Art Gallery, Gallery Cafe, Weston Gallery and Museum of Archaeology will be closed on Easter Sunday and open from 12 - 4pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Chekhov is probably the most widely staged foreign dramatist in other cultures after Shakespeare. The British have a rich tradition of Chekhov performance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Exploring the theatre programmes, flyers and posters relating to Chekhov productions which can be found in the historic collections at The University of Nottingham, gives deep insight into British domestication of this foreign classic. These materials begin to explain why this translated playwright seems so close to the British psyche and theatre-going public. The images used here are examples of British marketing for Chekhov plays. Examining theatre ephemera shows how much the programme, in particular, has changed its function from being simple production information to providing cultural and historical contexts. It also shows how the marketing of Chekhov has responded to the changing perceptions of Russia in the theatre-going world and so, arguably, in society itself. This exhibition has been jointly curated by Cynthia Marsh (Emeritus Professor of Russian Drama and Literature) and Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.