Plays Directory : The Wood Demon

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Anton Chekhov
  • Overview
    "I hate the play and I'm trying to forget it," Anton Chekhov wrote in 1899 about The Wood Demon, an early version of Uncle Vanya. "It would be a real blow to me if some unknown force were to drag it out of obscurity and bring it to life. There's a fine example of perverted parental love for you."

    The torturous path from The Wood Demon to Uncle Vanya makes Chekhov's rejection of the first script understandable. During The Wood Demon premiere in 1889, actors from a rival theatre, jealous that they hadn't received Chekhov's latest play, howled, whistled, and jeered from the boxes. The din of the audience made it impossible to hear the players, but it didn't make a difference since the actors forgot their lines and the actresses were atrocious. The audience booed, and Chekhov had the play withdrawn immediately from the repertory. Concerned that the sprawling script was as much to blame as the actors, he refused to include The Wood Demon in the first comprehensive edition of his works. Chekhov's loathing for his play has been shared by most producers since the premiere: The Wood Demon wasn't staged again in Moscow until 1960.

    Humiliated by the critics' lambasting of what he had described as his "big romantic comedy," Chekhov resolutely turned his back on the theatre after The Wood Demon fiasco and refocused his energies on his primary profession: medicine. In the spring of 1890, he left Moscow for the island of Sakhalin, a notorious penal colony on the Pacific frontier of the vast Russian empire. After a grueling three-month, trans-Siberian odyssey, Chekhov reached the desolate island and spent four months studying the inhabitants' savage living conditions.

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5 known characters


Connected mandy members:

Orlando Gibbs
2017, Wood Demon
James Hepworth
2017, Professor Alexander Serebryakov
Grange Court Theatre
Hannah Raymond-Cox
2017, Sonya
Grange Court Theatre
Tara Caple
Tara Caple
Actor
2017, Helen
Grange Court Theatre
Maeve Elmore
Maeve Elmore
Actor
2017, Ivana
Alice Jauncey
2017, Julia
Grange Court Theatre
Joshua Ward
Joshua Ward
Actor
2016, Vanya
Grange Court Theatre
Georgina Barley
2016, Raisa
Hanna Meriwether
2016, Helen
Andrei Csolsim
2016, Mikail Khruchov (Wood Demon)
Grange Court Theatre
Shawn Ashworth
2016, Theodore Orlovski
Grange Court Theatre
Maisie Brooker
2015, Yulia Stepanova
Lauren Barnes
2015, Sonja
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Joseph Meighan
2015, Alexander Vladimirovich Serebryakov
Ralph Richardson Memorial Studios
Samuel Ranger
2014, Fyodor Ivanovich
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Nemanja Oskorus
2013, Professor
Jacqui Shaw
Jacqui Shaw
Actor
2012, Yulia
Lord Stanley Theatre
Lucien Morgan
2012, Dr.Michail Kruschov
Lord Stanley
Joseph Tregear
2012, Fyodor Ivanovich Orlovsky
The Lord Stanley
Greg Snowden
Greg Snowden
Actor
2012, Waffles