In and out of Chekhov’s Shorts, an exciting and innovative retelling of some of Chekhov’s most beloved short stories, is about to hit Whitehaven’s Rosehill Theatre.

The stories have been taken out of their stuffy drawing rooms and given life, colour and humour by a band of travelling gypsies.

The show, at Rosehill on October 10 is designed to appeal to a mainstream theatre audience as well as lovers of the classics and a group of five actor/musicians explore the humour and pathos of the tales with an original score performed live on stage.

Chekhov was one of the great writers of the 20th Century and these tales, newly adapted and directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, remain as memorable and bracing as ever.

Featuring original live music and stylish ensemble story-telling, the production will be an exhilarating, fun and accessible romp through some of the best of Chekhov’s short stories including The Lady With The Little Dog, The Chemist’s Wife, At A Summer Villa, An Avenger and The Bear.

Director Eliot said: “These wonderful hymns to the absurdity of everyday life, are by turns hilarious, romantic, poignant, odd and memorable.

“Ludicrous situations and larger-than-life characters abound. We hope to create an evening that simply cannot be missed!”