Michael Chekhov in England

Outside the magic circle

Authored by: Franc Chamberlain

The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415710183
eBook ISBN: 9781315716398
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506867


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Michael Chekhov’s work at Dartington Hall in Devon during the 1930s left very little impression on theatre practices in Britain and, as Jerri Daboo has pointed out, his name was barely mentioned for more than fifty years (2012: 74). As far as the general public were concerned, and even the vast majority of theatre practitioners and academics, it was as if this hugely talented former member of the Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) had never even visited the UK, let alone established an experimental theatre studio in the English countryside. This disappearance was not the result of a deliberate policy to erase Chekhov’s work from the official record, as was the case in the Soviet Union, but an accident of historical circumstances.

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