The Theatre On the Balustrade, Prague, Czech Republic, 1997
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Directed by Petr Lébl

about the production

Petr Lébl is famous for his experimentalism and innovative approaches which are well perceivable in the visual stylisation of his directions. In Chekhov's Ivanov he tends to the creation of a complex stage shape whose external effects would be absolutely subordinated to the interactions between the characters.

The stage set (designed by himself under a pseudonyme), costumes and abandance of visual expression (for which he has been previously criticized) just like the dramatic actions create an admirably strong inner logic of the performance , structured in a precise mathematical way. The whole team of the Theatre On The Balustrade presented Chekhov as a dramatist with strong responsiveness to the absurdity and nightmares which trouble the life of modern people.


director: Petr Lébl
translation and script editing: Leoš Suchařípa
script editing assistance: Ivana Slámová
stage design: WN
costume design: Kateřina Štefková
characters and cast:
Nikolaj Ivanov: Bohumil Klepl, Anna: Eva Holubová, Pavel Lebedev: Leoš Suchařípa, Sáša: Theodora Remundová, Marta Babakinová: Zdena Hadrbolcová, Michail Borkin: Petr Čtvrtníček, Matej Šabelskij: Vladimír Marek, Zinaida Lebedevová: Libuše Geprtová, Jevgenij Lvov: Radek Holub, Dmitrij Kosych: Ladislav Klepal, Avdoťa: Valerie Kaplanová, Gavrila: Libor Prakesch, Hostia: Helena Trojanová, Edita Zákravská, Jan Franta, Pavel Raindl, Hlas: Ivan Vyskočil


Petr Lébl (1965) was often declared as a phenomenon of the season. Since 1993 has been is the artistic director, director and stage designer of the Theatre On the Balustrade in Prague. He staged the following plays: T. Dorst´s Fernando Krapp Wrote Me A Letter (also presented at the festival Divadelná Nitra '93), J. A. Pitínský' s Little Room, Genet´s Maids, Stroupežnícký' s Our, Our Boasters, A. P. Chekhov's Seagull (awarded the Alfréd Radok Prize for the best staging of 1994, also presented at Divadelná Nitra '94), N. V. Gogol´s lnspector, and the spectacular chamber remake of the famous Cabaret, and others.