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The Yalta Game


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Anton Chekhov 

  • Author Notes

    After Chekhov

  • Synopsis

    This short play examines a theme from Anton Chekhov's short story, 'The lady with the Little Dog', which Chekhov wrote in Yalta in the autumn of 1899. The Yalta Game tells the story of an accountant who holidays alone, leaving his wife and family behind in Moscow. While away, he plays the game of amorous dalliance and seduction, and happens on a young wife with her pet dog. They have a brief affair and part forever. But back home, they both find themselves obsessed by reveries and meet again to embark on a future of duplicity, ecstasy and perhaps of love.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    02 October 2001

  • Producer

    Produced by Gate Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The Yalta Game was performed alongside 'White Horses' by Neil Jordan and 'Come on Over' by Conor McPherson as part of '3 Plays', an evening of three new Irish plays, presented as part of the 2001 Dublin Theatre Festival.

Original Cast  
Gurov Ciaran Hinds
Anna Kelly Reilly
Porter Padraic Delaney
Porter Ewan Downie
Production Team  
Director Karel Reisz
Set Designer Eileen Diss
Lighting Designer Mick Hughes
Costume Designer Dany Everett
Sound Designer John A. Leonard
Musical Advisor Conor Linehan
Technical Manager James McConnell
Production Manager Patrick Talbot
Stage Director Val Keogh
Stage Director Leo McKenna
Assistant Stage Manager Kenneth Kelly (1)
Props Master Nicola Hughes
Technician Brian Rudden
Technician David Carpenter
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Wardrobe Supervisor Joy Gleeson
Wardrobe Assistant Valerie Dempsey
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Hair and Wigs Anne Dunne
Company Director Michael Colgan (1)
Company Deputy Director Marie Rooney
Company Deputy Director Anne Clarke



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email

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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.