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THE WOOD DEMON

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A comedy by Anton Chekhov
The English translation by RONALD HINGLEY adapted for broadcasting by JOE BURROUGHS
The scenes set by HAROLD KASKET
Produced by JOE BURROUGHS
Second broadcast
The Wood Demon was first produced at a private theatre in Moscow on December 27, 1889. It was not well received and Chekhov opposed all further attempts to stage or publish it during his lifetime. The play is a kind of first version of Uncle Vanua first produced in 1897. While there is no doubt which is the greater. The Wood Demon is a good play in its own right, and contemporary critics were ill-advised to dismiss it as a mechanical reproduction of ordinary everyday life and lacking any sense of stage-craft.

Contributors

Comedy By: Anton Chekhov
Translation By: Ronald Hingley
Broadcasting By: Joe Burroughs
Unknown: Harold Kasket
Produced By: Joe Burroughs
Unknown: Wood Demon
Alexander Screbryakov, a retired professor: Carleton Hobbs
Helen, his second wife: Barbara Mitchell
Sonya his daughter by his first wife: Patricia Gallimore
George Voynitsky, his brother-in-law, Sonya's uncle: William Squire
Mrs Voynitsky George's mother: Betty Hardy
Leonid Zheltukhin, a wealthy young landowner: Denys Hawthorne
Julia, his sister: Susan Maudslay
Ivan Orlovsky, a landowner: Peter Claughton
Theodore, his son: Haydn Jones
Michael Khrushchov, a land owner with a medical degree: David March
Ilya Dyadin, a miller: Richard Hurndall
Vasily, Zheltukhin's servant: Harold Kasket
Simon, Dyadin's servant: Douglas Hankin
Yefim, a nightwatchman: Rolf Lefebvre

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