The Russian Doctor follows the three-month journey that Anton Chekhov took in 1890 across 3,000 miles of Siberian wilderness to the remote Tsarist penal colony of Sakhalin Island. His goal was to document the harrowing living conditions of the exiles and convicts incarcerated there. On his return he wrote The Seagull, the first of his four great plays, and Sakhalin Island – a chronicle of his experiences, his largest single work and his only work of non-fiction.

Andrew Dawson, whose experimental style and dexterous hands you may know from the current Honda advert, has created this dramatic response to the epic story of Chekhov’s inspirational journey, perfect for those interested in the life and work of Chekhov as writer and medic.

The production features an original score by Jonny Pilcher, who is known for composing the score for BAFTA nominee/Oscar shortlisted film Mugabe and the White African, as well as music for the Pope’s address in Hyde Park in 2010. Set designer, Vicki Mortimer is one of Britain’s best, working extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The Young Vic, and The Donmar Warehouse, among others.

The projection design for this show is being developed by 59 Productions, one of the world’s leading companies specialising in video and projection design. They created the designs for the London Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012, and Vivid LIVE – Lighting the Sails at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year. The Metro has called their work “the most sophisticated use of film in the theatre to date”.

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The DOOR at The REP

  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
  • The REP’s smallest auditorium. The DOOR seats 140 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front.

    A highly intimate space, The DOOR has been dedicated to new plays since 1998 and has seen many world premieres!

    Because entry to the auditorium stands on the very edge of the performance space, absolutely no latecomers can be admitted to shows in The DOOR!

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
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