It could be subtitled: ‘How to Find Faith in Humanity – or Not’. This early Chekhov is a glorious ensemble comedy about the fact that the future is looking bleak. Here it gets its first Australian mainstage production. What a fantastic mix of rage and silliness; its characters all torn between making money and getting in on something bigger and more meaningful than themselves. How apt.

Nikolai Ivanov is going mad. His life used to be full of possibility, but now he’s moneyless on an old farm with his mendicant uncle and his inexplicably happy if slightly criminal cousin. He’s in debt to his neighbours, he has the hots for their daughter, and nothing much makes any sense to him anymore. Oh, and his wife is dying. Life’s all healthcare and making payments. What’s the alternative? There must be an alternative. There must be an alternative!

Artistic Director Eamon Flack directs John BellEwen Leslie and an excellent cast of tragic clowns in a production set very much here and now… in the Age of Abbott…oh… no, wait… Turnbull!


Fayssal Bazzi
John Bell

Blazey Best
Airlie Dodds 

Mel Dyer
John Howard
Ewen Leslie
Zahra Newman

Yalin Ozucelik
Helen Thomson


By Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Eamon Flack
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Mel Page
Associate Costume Designer Alicia Clements
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Stage Manager Amy Harris
Assistant Stage Manager Mel Dyer

Performance Times

Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 19 September
6.30pm, 20 September
8pm, 22 September

Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 23 September

Sunday Forum
3pm, 1 November


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Prices for this production range from $39 to $92.



It’s brilliantly funny…

Ben Neutze | Daily Review

this Ivanov is a beauty

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Ivanov is as good as a night at the theatre gets

Dee Jefferson | Time Out

Eamon Flack’s adaptation of Ivanov is sublime.

Liam McLoughlin | Arts Hub

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