Three Plays After

Brian Friel

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Three exquisite masterpieces from Brian Friel, based on works by Chekhov: The Bear: A Vaudeville; Afterplay (where Sonya from Uncle Vanya and Andrey from Three Sisters meet), and The Yalta Game (from a theme in Chekhov’s 1899 story, ‘The Lady with the Lapdog’).

The Yalta Game: from a theme in Chekhov’s 1899 story ‘The Lady with the Lapdog’
Two strangers meet on holiday and almost manage to convince one another that disappointments are ‘merely the postponement of the complete happiness to come…’

The Bear: A Vaudeville
Elena Popova, a young and attractive widow, has immersed herself in the role of mourning for her philandering but now dead husband. Luka, her frail and ancient man-servant, tries in vain to snap her out of it. Then Smirnov barges in…

1920s Moscow, a small run-down café. Uncle Vanya’s niece, Sonya Serebriakova, now in her forties, is the only customer. Until the arrival of the Three Sisters’ put-upon brother Andrey Prozorov.

Two Plays After (Afterplay and The Bear) premiered at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in March 2002 and Afterplay transferred to the Gielgud Theatre, London, in September 2002.


Brian Friel (9 January 1929 – 2 October 2015) wrote thirty plays across six decades and is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. He was a member of Aosdána, the society of Irish artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Irish Academy of Letters, and the Royal Society of Literature where he was made a Companion…

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