Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre
National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy, A Month in the Country, has been a source of inspiration for films, a ballet and the plays of Chekhov. Patrick Marber’s adaptation condensed into Three Days in the Country is considerably shorter than the original which was 4 hours long without an interval.
Mark Thompson’s design has brought this 19th Century aristocratic Russian play into the modern era and the performances of John Simm, Amanda Drew and Mark Gatiss seem to have hit their mark with the critics.
Russia. A beautiful country estate.
The mid-nineteenth century.
A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love. The love left unsaid and the love which must out.
The cast includes Nigel Betts, Nicholas Bishop, Paige Carter, Matthew Lloyd Davies, Amanda Drew, Mark Extance, Lynn Farleigh, Mark Gatiss, Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Mateo Oxley, Royce Pierreson, Cassie Raine, Lily Sacofsky, John Simm, Cherrelle Skeete and Lisa Tramontin.
Directed by Patrick Marber with design by Mark Thompson, lighting by Neil Austin, music and sound by Adam Cork, movement by Polly Bennet and Sam Cable as musical director.
★★★★ ‘Impressive. Some phenomenal acting – Mark Gatiss is perfect, Amanda Drew is splendid, John Simm is astonishing.’ Time Out
★★★★ ‘Memorably vivid. Piercing, vital and ruefully funny.’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Excellent. Patrick Marber turns out another gem.’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Beautifully performed, bitterly funny.’ Observer
★★★★ ‘This third hit in a row crowns an exceptional year for Patrick Marber at the National.’ Sunday Express