Three Days in the Country

20:00 pm
22:00 pm
Circa Theatre
1 Taranaki Street
New Zealand Premiere of THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY Written by Patrick Marber (Closer, Notes on a Scandal) A version of Turgenev’s A Month in the Country Directed by Susan Wilson Music Design by Gareth Farr Three Days in the Country is set on a beautiful Russian country estate where the arrival of a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Based on Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy, A Month in the Country which has been a source of inspiration for TV, films, a ballet, and the plays of Chekhov. Patrick Marbers interpretation is a witty and elegant update on this Russian classic. Over three adventure-filled summer days, this new arrival bestows lessons in love for young and old alike: first love and forbidden love, ridiculous love, maternal love, platonic love, the love left unsaid… and the love which must win out! “I am truly excited by this play as I think Three Days in the Country is an excellent ensemble piece full of rich characters,” says Director Susan Wilson. “I adore Chekhov and having directed his best-known plays I am acutely aware of the influence of Turgenev on those works. Marber’s version of A Month in the Country is a smart, modern update, with the same secret longings and unrequited love. It is vibrant and humorous and I can’t wait to share this acclaimed play with Wellington audiences.” “I’ve been lucky enough to assemble a 13 strong stellar cast of New Zealand’s finest theatrical talents – featuring: Ken Blackburn, Peter Hambleton, Simon Leary, Carmel McGlone, Andrew Paterson, Harriet Prebble, Gavin Rutherford, Bronwyn Turei, Jason Whyte, and Irene Wood.” “…the wit of the dialogue captivates. And, as in an elegant dance, the play keeps turning on its own heel, moving between comedy and anguish, reminding us of love as an impractical joke” ***** – The Observer