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March 2012
Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

A Provincial Life

From a short story by
ANTON CHEKHOV

Written and directed by
PETER GILL

One of Wales’ greatest writers and directors, Peter Gill, returns to his native city with a portrait of provincial life in 1890s Russia.

Based on Chekhov’s poignant short story, A Provincial Life follows one young man’s struggle to exchange his privileged position for the life of a worker. This painful, lyrical play dramatises the search for equality in a way that resonates deeply today.

About the Production

In March 2012, National Theatre Wales presented A Provincial Life at the newly-renovated Sherman Cymru theatre in Cardiff. Peter Gill's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's novella told the story of Misail, a young man in 1890s Russia who struggled to exchange his privileged position for the life of a worker, in a search for equality that resonates deeply today.

Cardiff-born Gill directed the production, which also saw a world-class creative team including designer Alison Chitty, whose minimalist set and delicate details received critical acclaim.

another coup, and a rather poignant one, for National Theatre Wales
[Peter Gill] on absolutely commanding form, working with dazzling confidence
full of exquisite detail

a masterly production… beautifully empathetic
brilliantly attuned
highly recommended

Creative Team

Director
PETER GILL

Designer
ALISON CHITTY

Sound Designer
MIKE BEER

Composer
TERRY DAVIES

Lighting Designer
PAUL PYANT

Props Supervisor
JANE SLATTERY

Costume Supervisor
CARRIE BAYLISS

Wigs Supervisor
JOYCE BEAGARIE

Emerging Director
JULIA THOMAS

Assistant Designer
LOUIE WHITEMORE

Production Manager
DAVID EVANS

Company Stage Manager
MATTHEW NORTH

Deputy Stage Manager
RACHEL BURGESS

Assistant Stage Manager
RYAN TATE

Assistant Stage Manager
FIONA CURTIS

Head of Wardrobe
JO NICHOLLS

Production Electrician
CERI JAMES

Production Sound
RHODRI HUNT

Observer Assistant Designer
KITTY CALLISTER

Observer Assistant Designer
HOLLY PIGOTT

Promoter
ANNA POOLE

Cast
KEZIA BURROWS, ALEX CLATWORTHY, RICHARD CORGAN, HELEN GRIFFIN, LEE HAVEN-JONES, SARA LLOYD-GREGORY, MARK LEWIS, LIAM MANSFIELD, CLIVE MERRISON, JOHN-PAUL MACLEOD, KENNETH PRICE, IEUAN RHYS, NICK SHAW, WILLIAM THOMAS, MENNA TRUSSLER

Ensemble
JOHN ATKINSON, LUKE BRIDGEMAN, ABIGAIL FITZGERALD, HELEDD GWYNN, KRISTIAN JENKINS, JAN JONES, RYAN NOLAN, CLARE PARRY JONES, IAN PHILLIPS, JOHN REDPATH, LIANE WALTERS, JOHN WILLIAMS

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