Saintly Simplicity

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Saintly Simplicity is a stage play by Grethe Fox, based on Anton Chekhov's short story.

The original text

Anton Chekhov's short story.

It tells of a son who returns home to visit his father after many years absence. The father, a priest, cannot believe his son, now a very successful lawyer, has become so wealthy and distant.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted for the stage by Grethe Fox in 2004.

Performance history in South Africa

2004: Performed at the first Chekhov Festival, directed by Grethe Fox, starring Dale Cutts, Tom Fairfoot and Milan Murray.

2014: Performed at the second Chekhov Festival at the The Fringe at Joburg Theatre in June 2014. Adapted and directed by Grethe Fox, with Kevin Smith, Maurice Paige, Linda Sokhulu and Bradley Olivier.


The Star, 27 July 2004.

Sue Segar. 2014. "Grethe Fox’s super-charged career", in Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition), 12 October.

Final week of Chekhov Festival at The Fringe, Headlines 11/06/2014[1]

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