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A black and white image of an androgynous person wearing jeans and no top stands side on to the camera. Their face is not visible - the image has thick brush strokes of turquoise paint covering from their shoulders up. Their long blonde hair is just visible beneath the edges of the brush strokes.

The Bear/The Proposal

Plays by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Michael Frayn
Direction Lucy J Skilbeck

Monday - Saturday: 8pm

Saturday and Wednesday matinees: 3pm (except 15 & 18 March)

Please note that this production has now closed

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Happy wife, happy life?

With mortgages to pay and sickly fathers to care for, Chekhov’s heroines are in a bind. They've got to coolly weigh up the practical benefits of marriage against their true feelings. Our usual assumptions about love and marriage unravel in this bold new production of two of Chekhov's wryest comedies in versions by Michael Frayn.

Performed by a gender-fierce company of queer identifying artists and directed by Genesis Award winner Lucy J Skilbeck.

Cast and Creatives

Direction Lucy J Skilbeck | Design Ben Stones | Light Joshua Pharo | Sound Elena Peña | Casting Sam Jones CDG

With George IkediashiKamari RomeoRebecca Root


Established by John Studzinski 15 years ago, the Genesis Foundation works in partnership with the leaders of prestigious UK arts organisations such as the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic. Its largest funding commitment is to programmes that support directors, playwrights and musicians in the early stages of their professional lives.

In addition it awards scholarships to exceptional student actors at LAMDA and commissions stimulating new works, from choral compositions to light installations. 

In 2015 the Genesis Foundation launched its first partnership outside the UK, funding residencies for playwrights at New York’s Signature Theatre.

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Direction Lucy J Skilbeck

Design Ben Stones

Light Joshua Pharo

Sound Elena Peña

Casting Sam Jones CDG


George Ikediashi, Kamari Romeo, Rebecca Root

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