The Bear
    By 'An Extravaganza in One Act' by William Walton & Paul Dehn, based on the play by Anton Chekhov

    20:00, Thu 23rd – Sat 25th June 2011 at The Round Church
    Easter May Week

    The action takes place in the drawing room of Madam Popova's house in the country in 1888. Popova, a pretty widow affectedly faithful to the memory of her late and, alas, promiscuous, husband is confronted by Smirnov, one of her husband's more boorish creditors. They quarrel to a point at which each aims a loaded pistol at the other, but neither can fire. They have both fallen helplessly in love.

    This delightful domestic chamber opera will be set in the Round Church, enhancing its surreal comic qualities.


    Yelena Ivanovna Popova
    Grigory Stephanovich Smirnov

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