Plays Directory : The Proposal

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
  • Written
  • Overview
    a one-act play by Anton Chekhov, written in 1888-1889.

    Although best known for his longer, more serious plays, Chekhov also wrote a number of short farces, which include the one-act A Marriage Proposal. Chekhov wrote several farces, as these types of plays were very popular at the time.

    A Marriage Proposal is about the tendency of wealthy families to seek other wealthy families, to increase their estates by encouraging marriages that made good economic sense, and the problems that arise in marriage.

    In Chekhov's Russia, marriage was a mean of economic stability for most people. They marry to gain wealth and possessions. In this particular play, the concept of marriage is being satirized to show the real purpose of marriage. Marriage is portrayed as a materialistic gain and not for the reason of true love. The satire is conveyed successfully by emphasizing the couple's foolish arguments over small things. The main arguments in the play revolve around "The Oxen Meadows" and two dogs called "Ugadi and Otkatai".

    In the play, Ivan Vassilevich Lomov, a long-time wealthy neighbor of Stepan Stepanovich Chubukov (who is also wealthy) has come to propose marriage to Chubukov's 25-year-old daughter, Natalya. After he has asked and received permission to marry Natalya, she is invited into the room, and he tries to convey to her the proposal. He fails. Lomov is a hypochondriac, and, while trying to make clear his reasons for being there, he gets into arguments with Natalia and ends up having "palpitations" and a numb leg. After her father notices they are arguing, he joins in, and then sends Ivan out of the house. Stepan then tells his daughter that Lomov was about to propose, and at this news she immediately starts "dying" and screams for her father to bring him back. He does, and Natalya and Ivan get into a second big argument, this time about the dogs. Ivan collapses and they fear he's died. However, after a few minutes he regains consciousness, and Chubukov all but forces him and his daughter to accept the proposal with a kiss. Immediately following the kiss, the couple get into yet another argument. Here the play ends.

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6 known characters

Connected mandy members:

Imogen Hunter
2019, Natalya
The Etcetera
Gideon Benari
2019, Lomov
Incognito Theatre
Jj Mcgechan
Jj Mcgechan
2018, Ivan
Poppy Louise Cooper
2017, Janine
The Oxford Playhouse / The Cherwell Boathouse
Shanna Logan
Shanna Logan
2017, Natalya Stepanovna
The London Theatre
Joanna O'Connor
2017, Natalya Stepanovna
Ingatestone Hall
Vlad Nicolae
Vlad Nicolae
2017, Ivan Vassilliyitch Lomov
Roger Sansom
Roger Sansom
2017, Stephan Chubukov
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Zara Hadeshian Banks
2017, Natalia
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Kaira Rodgers
2017, Natalya
Mihnea Stefan Zamfirescu
2016, Ivan Vasilievici Lomov
Vicky Hitchin
2016, Natalya
Adam Baylis
Adam Baylis
2016, Lomov
The London Theatre, London
George Arthur
2016, Ivan Vassiliyitch Lomov
Court Theatre Training Company
Malcolm Jeffries
2015, Lomvov
Rose Bruford
Harry ter Haar
2015, Lomov
Starina Johnson
2015, Lead / Lily
VS Theatre
Lizabeth Venezia
2015, Natalia Stepanova
London Theatre New Cross
Tom Pressland
2015, Choobukov
Rose Bruford College
Behnaz Vakili
2015, Lead Actress
East Finchley Youth Theater

Alternative Names

A Marriage Proposal