The Bear
Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts
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Original version: 1888

The Bear

By Anton Chekhov Translated by Stephen Mulrine
Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

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.

Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

Also by Anton Chekhov:

The Cherry Orchard
The Proposal
Chekhov: Four Plays
Ivanov
A Tragic Figure
The Seagull (Drama Classics)
The Cherry Orchard
The Wedding
Chekhov: Shorts
Three Sisters (Chekhov/Lynn)
The Seagull
On the Evils of Tobacco
Three Sisters (Drama Classics)
The Cherry Orchard (Drama Classic)
Chekhov on Theatre
Seagull
Swansong
Uncle Vanya (Drama Classics)
Chekhov's Three Sisters and Woolf's Orlando
Uncle Vanya (Chekhov/Baker)
Uncle Vanya (Chekhov / McPherson)
Three Sisters
Three Sisters (Chekhov/Nelson)
Three Sisters (Chekhov/Wright)
Three Sisters

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Also by Stephen Mulrine:

The Dance of Death (Drama Classic)
Three Sisters (Drama Classics)
On the Evils of Tobacco
The Cherry Orchard (Drama Classic)
The Game Of Love And Chance
The Government Inspector
The Misanthrope
Ivanov
A Tragic Figure
Ibsen: Three Plays
Uncle Vanya (Drama Classics)
Chekhov: Shorts
Cinzano & Smirnova's Birthday
An Enemy of the People
The Wild Duck
The Servant of Two Masters
The Seagull (Drama Classics)
Summerfolk
Six Characters in Search of an Author (Drama Classics)
The Marriage of Figaro
The Proposal
Chekhov on Theatre
John Gabriel Borkman
Swansong
Chekhov: Four Plays
The Wedding
Children of the Sun
Ghosts (Drama Classic)

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