When Yelena Popova, a reclusive young widow in mourning for her late husband, receives a visit from the irascible Smirnov demanding payment of her husband's debts, things take a surprisingly romantic turn...
The Bear, a one-act comic play or 'vaudeville', was an instant hit when it premiered in Moscow in 1888. This translation by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine is published in the collection Chekhov: Shorts.
Cast: 1f 2m plus optional extras
Staging:Single interior (drawing room of a country house)
Amateur rights performance fee: £30 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)
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