An inside view of Chekhov's life and work

'The House That Chekhov Built' on BBC Radio 4

January 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of Chekhov's birth and the publication of a new Folio edition of his collected stories (with the celebrated translation by Dr Ronald Hingley). By happy coincidence, BBC Radio 4 has just broadcast 'The House that Chekhov Built', a fascinating programme in which actor Michael Pennington visits the White Dacha, Chekhov's home in the Ukraine where he wrote his greatest works.

Chekhov was able to build the house in 1898 after the considerable success of The Seagull, and found solace there from ill health and personal tragedy. It was here that he found inspiration for some of his best-loved stories. The house, however, stands on land that now risks being sold off and a campaign has been launched to raise €200,000 by the end of January.

Among the contributors to the programme are actress Prunella Scales and playwright Christopher Hampton, both of whom have visited the White Dacha for their own artistic inspiration. If you would like to listen to it, it is available online via BBC iPlayer until 26 January. You can link to it here. Expect more news soon on the Folio edition The Collected Stories of Anton Chekhov.

last modified: Mon, Sep 12th 2011Bookmark and Share
Contact us
  • +1 866-255-8280
  • Email us
  • Clove Building, 4 Maguire Street, London SE1 2NQ
  • Press releases
Facebook logo Twitter logo Pinterest logo Instagram logo Youtube logo

© The Folio Society 2018