The Bear by Anton Tchekhov, Translated by Constance Garnett
Performed 7th April 1948 at the 5th Letchworth Drama Festival 7-10 April, St Francis Theatre, Letchworth
Also Performed 15th June 1948 at the Welwyn Drama Festival.
Comedy. The Bear’s comedy derives from the characters’ lack of self-knowledge. The widow Popova fancies herself inconsolably bereaved, while Smirnov considers himself a misogynist. They are both stock examples of alazons: figures made ludicrous by pretending to be more than they actually are.
Information from 1948 Welwyn Drama Festival Programme, Welwyn Resource Library Ref: 792 Local Studies
Elena Ivanovna Popva (A Land Owning Widow) : Dorris Barrett
Grigory Steanovitch Smernov (A Middle aged Landowner) : Ken Spinks
Luka (Popova’s Footman) : Derek Booth
The Cast are not credited in the Letchworth Programme
Director : Noel Ripley