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I take your hand in mine…”

Carol Rocamora

Simpkins Lee Theatre, LMH

8th June 2010

LMH alumna Diana Quick and Chekhovian actor Michael Pennington co-star in a reading of “I take your hand in mine…” a new play by Carol Rocamora, based on the love letters between Anton Chekhov, the Russian dramatist, and Olga Knipper, actress at the newly founded Moscow Art Theatre. This intimate correspondence reveals two extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances - he, Russia’s greatest playwright, a doctor and humanitarian, who knew his life would be short; she, founding leading lady of one of the world’s most famous theatre companies, who was full of passion and vitality. When they met, he was 39, she was 28. In six short years they knew each other before his untimely death, they managed a lifetime of love - for each other and for the theatre. A fitting way to celebrate the 150th birthday anniversary of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.

“I take your hand in mine …” was first performed at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2001, starring Paul Scofield and Irene Worth. It was subsequently produced in Paris’s Theatre des Bouffes du Nord and throughout Europe in a French-language production directed by Peter Brook starring Natasha Parry and Michel Piccoli.

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