The Anniversary (by Anton Chekhov)

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The Anniversary is an English translation of Zhubilei (1891 or '92) a Russian comic one-act play by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) [1]. It is a hilarious study of the celebrations attendant upon the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of a bank, considerably interrupted by the love-affairs of the bank manager.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1942: Presented by the Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society at the Little Theatre in February, directed by Joyce Burch.

1953: An English translation was staged by the National Theatre Organisation, directed by Leonard Schach with Edna Jacobson, Robert Lang, Roma Reilly, Molly Seftel and Frank Wise. Décor by Kobus Esterhuysen.

1975: Staged by PACOFS, directed by William Egan, starring Annelize van der Ryst, Tarina Kleyn, Pieter Strydom.


Nicoll: World Drama, p 683.

Inskip, 1972. p.127.

Tucker, 1997. p.213.

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