Chekhov Comedy Shorts

This star-studded series of comedies and farces celebrates the life and work of renowned Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Chekhov has entered the pantheon of great writers since his death in 1904, yet his plays are still largely regarded as grim records of human suffering. Now, a group of acclaimed British comedians are out to prove he can be extremely funny. These adaptations reveal a dramatist who finds great joy in the broad comedy of human nature. The one-act play "On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco," sees Steve Coogan portray Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin, while MacKenzie Crook co-stars with Johnny Vegas in "A Reluctant Tragic Hero."

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  • 1 Season
  • 2010
  • Theater
  • TV-PG, PG
Chekhov Comedy Shorts

This star-studded series of comedies and farces celebrates the life and work of renowned Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Chekhov has entered the pantheon of great writers since his death in 1904, yet his plays are still largely regarded as grim records of human suffering. Now, a group of acclaimed British comedians are out to prove he can be extremely funny. These adaptations reveal a dramatist who finds great joy in the broad comedy of human nature. The one-act play "On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco," sees Steve Coogan portray Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin, while MacKenzie Crook co-stars with Johnny Vegas in "A Reluctant Tragic Hero."

Cast & Crew
(Writer), (Director), Mathew Horne (Lomov), Philip Jackson (Father), Sheridan Smith (Natasha), Steve Coogan (Nyukhin), Mackenzie Crook (Murashkin), Johnny Vegas (Tolkachov), Julian Barratt (Smirnoff), Julia Davis (Popova), Reece Shearsmith (Luka)