Frankly, it’s worth going for the location alone. Situated in the heartbreakingly gorgeous gardens of Duddingston Kirk, the performance is lent an atmosphere of timelessness by its peaceful surroundings. Thankfully, the performance is as splendid as its setting: the show is an absolute firecracker; hysterically and consistently funny. Chekhov’s work is brought to life by four great actors. From the poor hen-pecked ‘imbecile’ to the delicious stand-off between a blustering ex-soldier and a furious upper-class lady, the piece is a master-class in character-acting. It’a good-humoured and beautifully acted, and you’ll be laughing all the way through this understated, brilliant performance. My only complaint is that it’s not longer – perfectly situated, perfectly acted, perfectly funny; ‘Chekhov Shorts’ is an absolute delight.
Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden, 9 – 20 Aug (Not 14, 15), 4.00pm (5:15pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp249.
tw rating 5/5