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8 Lesser-known Russian Plays You Should Read

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Updated: 28 March 2018
The following plays have made a significant contribution to Russian literature and deserve an avid reader’s attention. And, keep in mind, just because some of these are lesser-known doesn’t mean they’re any less compelling. From Chekhov to Tolstoy and more, here are some plays you might have missed in your literature classes.

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Chekhov was undoubtedly a master of the short story, but his name is also associated with theatre. Among his plays is The Seagull, which is — simply speaking — many love stories in one. The love story of the main characters is intertwined with their passion for the arts, especially theatre. Their feelings influence the actions of all the characters, and they blindly follow their instincts leading them to unhappy endings. The production of the play became an immediate success, and the seagull became the symbol of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Production of The Seagull at the Maly Theatre