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Sons Without Fathers, a new version of Anton Chekhov's Platonov

The Belgrade Theatre, Arcola Theatre and KP Productions present

Sons Without Fathers

A new version of Anton Chekhov's Platonov by Helena Kaut-Howson

Sat 13 April - Sat 4 May

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: From £7.75 - £19.25

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A Tale of Sex, Vodka and Shattered Dreams

Village school teacher Platonov is a man who is loved by women. Despite his best intentions he is drawn into a series of extra-marital affairs that all hold the promise of escape from the provincial Russian reality where he and his circle of friends are trapped.

Showing us a side to Chekhov that is funnier, more brutal and more wildly passionate than the writer we know, Sons Without Fathers shines a light on this band of disaffected thirty-somethings – too old to move with the times, and too young to let go of their dreams.

Consumed by bitterness and disappointment, they attempt to fill the void in their lives with sex and vodka, blaming their fathers for the mess they’ve been left in.

“…this is an extraordinary production…” ****
The Guardian

Sons Without Fathers is a brand new version of Chekhov’s rarely performed first play, Platonov and is directed and adapated by Helena Kaut-Howson, the same director that created the Belgrade and Arcola’s acclaimed co-production of Uncle Vanya in 2011.

Find out more in this interview from the Coventry Telegraph with Jack Laskey, who plays Platonov and Marianne Oldham, who plays Sophia.

Sat 13 Apr 7:30pm Limited Availability
Mon 15 Apr 7:30pm
Tue 16 Apr 7:00pm
Wed 17 Apr 7:30pm
Thu 18 Apr 7:30pm
Fri 19 Apr 7:30pm
Sat 20 Apr 2:45pm
Sat 20 Apr 7:30pm
Tue 23 Apr 7:30pm
Wed 24 Apr 7:30pm
Thu 25 Apr 7:30pm
Fri 26 Apr 7:30pm
Sat 27 Apr 2:45pm
Sat 27 Apr 7:30pm
Tue 30 Apr 7:30pm
Wed 1 May 2:45pm
Wed 1 May 7:30pm
Thu 2 May 7:30pm
Fri 3 May 7:30pm Captioned Performance
Sat 4 May 2:45pm Audio Described
Sat 4 May 7:30pm

“…this is an extraordinary production…” ****

The Guardian

“Only decades of learned behaviour stopped me leaping up, punching the air and yelling “Yowza!” at some aspect of the acting, the lighting, the sound, music, design – the whole damn thing.”

The Observer

“The performances are nothing short of captivating.” *****

Whats On Stage

“A dazzling performance from Jack Laskey.”

The Stage

“…intense and electrifying.” ****

Coventry Telegraph

“There is not a moment when the tragic tale of a lost generation does not grip the audience… The acting is superb.”

The Leamington Courier

“… a powerful piece that lives in the memory… Well worth catching.”

The Public Reviews

Video: Audience reaction to Sons Without Fathers

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 18th April 2013

In this video we speak to audience members of Sons Without Fathers to hear their thoughts on the show. Read more

Amy Thompson

Video: community actor Amy Thompson on being in Sons Without Fathers

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 11th April 2013

In this video, we talk to young actress Amy Thompson from the Belgrade Youth Theatre about her first role in a professional production, Sons Without Fathers. Read more

Aspiring local actors win parts in Sons Without Fathers

Posted by anon on 9th April 2013

Four aspiring actors from the Community & Education Company have won parts in our upcoming production Sons Without Fathers, which is running in B2 from Sat 13... Read more

Director Helena Kaut-Howson talking to actress Susie Trayling

Video: Sneak preview of Sons Without Fathers

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 11th April 2013

In this video, we go behind the scenes of Sons Without Fathers, during their technical rehearsals in B2. Read more

Tom Canton in rehearsal

Video: Interview with actor, Tom Canton

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 10th April 2013

The cast of Sons Without Fathers are busy in technical rehearsals this week whilst the B2 auditorium is being transformed into a contemporary silver and orange b... Read more

Sons without Fathers rehearsal photographs

Posted by anon on 8th April 2013

Take a look behind the scenes in these rehearsal photos for Sons without Fathers taken by Sanjay Mitra. Read more

Video: We chat to Helena Kaut Howson, director of Sons Without Fathers

Posted by anon on 5th April 2013

Helena Kaut-Howson tells us what we can expect from her adaptation of Chekhov's first play, Platonov, which is presented under the title Sons without Fathers. Read more

Designer Iona McLeish on the set and costumes for Sons Without Fathers

Posted by anon on 3rd April 2013

Iona McLeish talks about her inspiration for the set for Sons Without Fathers and what sort of costumes the actors will be wearing in this contemporary adaptation... Read more

Jez Pike, Assistant Director on Sons Without Fathers

Video: Interview with Jez Pike, Assistant Director for Sons without Fathers

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 4th April 2013

In this video we chat to Assistant Director, Jez Pike, about rehearsing for Sons Without Fathers and the history behind the play. Read more

Simon Scardifield and Marianne Oldham

Video: Interview with the cast of Sons Without Fathers

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 14th March 2013

Amidst the chaos of the first day of rehearsals for Sons Without Fathers, we took a break with cast members Marianne Oldham and Simon Scardifield to find out more... Read more

Meet the cast of Sons Without Fathers

Posted by anon on 2nd April 2013

Meet the cast of Sons Without Fathers as they arrive in Coventry for the final stages of rehearsal before the show opens in B2 on 13 April. Read more

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