Page extent: 110
ISBN: 9781783190041
Binding: PaperBack

Sons Without Fathers: The untitled play, known as 'Platonov'

Anton Chekhov, Helena Kaut-Howson

PaperBack (01 Apr 2013)

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Too old to move with the times; too young to let go of their 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. 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.

Sons Without Fathers is a brand-new version of Chekhov’s remarkable first play. Helena Kaut-Howson's version chooses to focus on just one of the many themes covered in the original text – the predicament of a disaffected generation left adrift in a world without hope. Updated to modern-day Russia, the play intertwines the central story with contemporary political issues.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783190041
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 110



‘Helena Kaut-Howson’s adaptation is powerful…Well worth catching.’ The Public Reviews 

‘An engaging production not to be missed.’  What’s On Stage 

‘This new version, adapted and directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, acknowledges the work's raw energy…filled with behavioural detail, restless movement and brutal candour.’ Guardian 

‘Helena Kaut-Howson’s re-working of Chekhov’s Platonov… is a worthy attempt to give some shape and structure to a play which has lain on the shelf for far too long.’ The Stage