Come and hear iconic theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky talk about his work and the Chekhov theatrical productions he is bringing to London for his eagerly-awaited West End directorial debut. A small number of tickets are also available for drinks with Andrei Konchalovsky after the talk.
Andrei Konchalovsky’s 'Uncle Vanya' and 'Three Sisters' will be performed by Moccobeta State Academic Theatre. Founded in 1923, it is one of Russia’s oldest theatre companies. The productions will be in Russian with English surtitles and include the same cast and sets that were used in Moscow. This follows successful Russian-language performances by Moscow’s Sovremennik Theatre and others in recent years.
Speaking about transferring both productions to London Andrei Konchalovsky said ‘I am delighted to bringing these two Russian productions to London's West End. No matter how many times you appeal to Chekhov, he is inexhaustible. Every time his work is seen on stage, you find something unnoticed, unexperienced and undiscovered.’
Andrei Konchalovsky has had a successful career in both theatre and film.
He began his film career writing for Tarkovksy’s ‘Andrei Rublev’ and (uncredited) ‘Ivan’s Childhood’. He directed films in Russia including Chingiz Aitmatov’s ‘My First Teacher’ (1965), Turgenev’s ‘A Nest of the Gentry’ (1969), Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ (1971) and the war epic ‘Siberiade’ (1979). In the 1980s, Konchalovsky moved to Hollywood to make the blockblusters ‘Tango and Cash’ (1989) and ‘Runaway Train’ (1985), both starring Jon Voight. In 2005, Konchalovsky received a Golden Globe-nomination for his TV film ‘The Lion in Winter’ about the English King Henry II with Patrick Stewart and Glen Close.
Returning to Russia in the 1990s, Konchalovsky has directed several theatre productions most notably Chekhov’s 'The Seagull' and Stringberg’s 'Miss Julie'. He has also been involved with theatrical projects in Poland and Italy.
In 1980, Konchalovsky was named People's Artist of Russia and later he was awarded the Order of 4th Degree for Services to the Homeland in 1997. In 2002, Konchalovsky was made a member of the National Academy for Cinematographic Arts and Science and an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France in 2005.
The evening is a Pushkin House Fundraising Event.
You can also join Andrei Konchalovsky for private after-talk drinks at an additional cost of £25. Please contact Pushkin House to book.