Hamish Glen to direct Gogol’s rarely performed comedy Marriage
The Belgrade Theatre presents
By Nikolai Gogol, a new adaptation by Laurie Slade
Directed by Hamish Glen
Sat 2 to Sat 23 Feb, B2
Press night: Tues 5 Feb, 7pm
Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre is banishing the winter blues with a brand new production of Nikolai Gogol’s rarely performed classic comedy Marriage, which will be directed by Artistic Director Hamish Glen.
Running in the B2 auditorium from Sat 2 to Sat 23 Feb, this new version of Gogol’s play has been written by Laurie Slade, who recently adapted the Belgrade’s acclaimed production of Strindberg’s The Father.
Set during the summertime in St Petersburg, Marriage tells the story of the indecisive civil servant Ivan as he decides it’s finally time to take a wife. His local matchmaker comes forward with a blushing bride-to-be, but she already has a string of suitors lined up to take her hand.
Driven to distraction by all the dithering, Ivan’s best friend devises a cunning plan to help wipe out the competition and make sure the day ends with wedding bells ringing.
Hamish Glen said, “The Belgrade has a long tradition of producing plays that explore the theme of marriage, including Scenes from a Marriage, Nora and most recently The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. After working with Laurie Slade on his brilliant adaptation of Strindberg’s The Father last year, we commissioned him to write this new version of Gogol’s play, which provides a more comic look at the institution of marriage.”
The role of the bride-to-be, Agafaya will be played by Janine Mellor, who has worked extensively at Dundee Rep, most recently in 2003 in A Winter’s Tale and Dancing at Lughnasa. Since 2005 she has been playing the role of Kelsey Philips in BBC 1 drama Casualty. Civil servant Ivan Podkolyosin will be played by Mark Fleischmann, whose recent stage credits include The Collector at Arcola Theatre and Young Dick Barton: The Devil Wears Tweed at Warehouse Theatre, Croydon.
His best friend, Kochkaryov will be played by John Hopkins, who has recently performed in Ben Hur at Watermill Theatre and The Deep Blue Sea at Chichester Festival Theatre. The matchmaker, Fyokla will be played by Barbara Young, who returns to the Belgrade after playing the Nurse in The Father.
The cast also includes Jan Goodman (The Killing Moon, Theatre 503), Mark Extance (Travelling Light and Scenes from an Execution, National Theatre), Paul Trussell (6 Actors in Search of a Director, Charing Cross Theatre and The Ashes, Nottingham Playhouse), Robert Morgan (Afterplay, Pushkin House and Oedipus, Hackney Empire) and Nick Figgis (Peeler, Nuffield Theatre and Bouncers, York Theatre Royal).
The set and costumes have been designed by Libby Watson and are being created by Belgrade Production Services. Lighting design will be by Arnim Freiss and musical direction will be by Polina Shepherd, who alongside Merlin Shepherd, will also perform Klezmer and original Russian music of romance throughout the show.
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