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Three different Cherry Orchards, three different worlds: Chekhov at the BBC, 1962-1981

Smart, B. (2014) Three different Cherry Orchards, three different worlds: Chekhov at the BBC, 1962-1981. Critical Studies in Television, 9 (3). pp. 65-76. ISSN 1749-6020

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To link to this item DOI: 10.7227/CST.9.3.7

Abstract/Summary

Unlike the theatre, there is no established tradition of plays being revived (new productions made from existing scripts) on television. The only instance of this mode of production in Britain has been the regular adaptation of classic theatrical plays. The existence of three separate BBC versions of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard (1962, 1971, 1981) creates a rare opportunity to trace developing styles of direction and performance in studio television drama through three different interpretations of the same scene. Through close analysis of The Cherry Orchard, I outline the aesthetic and technological development of television drama itself over twenty years.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:71897
Publisher:Manchester University Press

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