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A Month in the Country

by Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
directed by Mark Turnbull

A Month in the Country

This play contains both comedy and pathos as it deals with the acute absurdity of romantic love.  Natalya Petrovna is adored and loved by her husband Islaev whilst also providing a secret and unfulfilled romantic focus for his best friend and Natalya's confidante, Rakitin.  This love triangle is further complicated by her falling in love with her son's younger tutor Belyaev, and she competes for his affections with her young attractive ward, Verochka.

This version by Emlyn Williams was presented with Michael Redgrave and Valerie Taylor at the St James Theatre in 1943, and directed by Williams himself.  It is a fine example of his sublime dialogue which brings an immediacy and period style to this wonderful play and reminds us of the gifts of  a consummate man of the British theatre.


Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 October 2010
Evenings at 7.45p.m., except for Sunday at 4p.m.
There is also a matinee on 30th October at 3p.m. &bull: There is no performance on the Wednesday.

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  2. Joking Apart - Alan Ayckbourn
  3. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  4. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  5. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  6. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  7. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  8. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  9. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  10. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  11. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  12. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  13. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  14. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  15. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  16. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  17. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  18. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  19. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  20. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  21. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  22. Collaborators - John Hodge
  23. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  24. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  25. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  26. The White Devil - John Webster
  27. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  28. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  29. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  30. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  31. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  32. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  33. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  34. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  35. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  36. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  37. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  38. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  39. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  40. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  41. Othello - William Shakespeare
  42. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  43. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  44. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  45. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  46. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  47. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  48. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  49. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  50. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  51. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  52. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  53. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  54. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  55. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  56. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  57. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  58. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  59. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  60. In the Club - Richard Bean
  61. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  62. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  63. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  64. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  65. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  66. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  67. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  68. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  69. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  70. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  71. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  72. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  73. King John - William Shakespeare
  74. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  75. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  76. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  77. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  78. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  79. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  80. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  81. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  82. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  83. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  84. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  85. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  86. Iron - Rona Munro
  87. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  88. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“I’ll be as patient as a gentle stream” Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act ii, Sc.6