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A Month in the Country


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Ivan Turgenev

  • Author Notes

    A version of Ivan Turgenev's original play.
  • Setting

    The action takes place on the Islayev Estate over a period of five days.

  • Synopsis

    Natalya Petrovna is a young married woman who is bored by her life and her marriage to a rich, absent-minded husband. Increasingly frustrated by the loss of her youth, she has become obsessed with her small son's tutor, a young man from Moscow. He in turn appears to be engaged in a flirtation with Natalya's ward, Vera, whom she has always regarded as a daughter but now sees as a rival.

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  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Vera Aleksandrovna Karen Ardiff
Aleksey Nikolayevich Belyayev J.D. Kelleher
Michel Aleksandrovich Rakitin Lorcan Cranitch
Ignaty Ilyich Shpigelsky Donal McCann
Anna Semyonovna Islayeva Joan O'Hara
Katya Antoine Byrne
Arkady Sergeyevich Islayev Mark Lambert
Lizaveta Bogdanovna Susan Fitzgerald
Natalya Petrovna Catherine Byrne (1)
Herr Schaaf John Kavanagh (1)
Matvey Mal Whyte
Afanasy Ivanovich Bolshintsov John Cowley
Production Team  
Director Joe Dowling
Set Designer Eileen Diss
Lighting Designer Mick Hughes
Costume Designer Dany Everett
Sound Edward Walsh
Design Assistant Justin Brown
Production Manager Ken Hartnett
Stage Director Lita O'Connell
Assistant Stage Manager Liz Nugent
Assistant Stage Manager Arnold Fanning
Set Construction Trade Style Ltd.
Wardrobe Supervisor Joy Gleeson
Costume Construction Janet O'Leary
Costume Construction Synan O'Mahony
Chief Electrician James McConnell
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Wigs by Frances Kelly
Company Director Michael Colgan (1)
Company Deputy Director Marie Rooney
Company Deputy Director Anne Clarke

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

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    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.