Three Days in the Country rehearsal images

A handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love. The love left unsaid and the love which must out.

Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy, A Month in the Country, has been a source of inspiration for films, a ballet and the plays of Chekhov. It’s presented here in a new version by Patrick Marber.

Photographs by Mark Douet.

Three Days in the Country is playing from 21 July. Find out more and book tickets.

Chicago theatres celebrate Asian American Heritage Month with all Asian cast of CLOSER by Patrick Marber.

Victory Gardens Resident Theaters Rasaka Theatre and Bailiwick Chicago in cooperation with The League of Chicago Theatres presents Flip The Script, an all Asian American staged reading of Closer by Patrick Marber at Victory Gardens Theater’s Richard Christensen Theater on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM. Flip the Script is an effort to stage a reading of an established play (traditionally cast as predominantly Caucasian) performed by actors of color, and may grow to become a larger series. This event strives to broaden perspectives by showcasing talent that represents the multicultural world we live in. Info/reservations here

The trite answer is that everything is true but none of it happened. It is emotionally true, but the events, the plotting, the narrative, isn’t true of my life, though I’ve experienced most of the emotions experienced by the characters in the play.
—  Patrick Marber

“Peter you’ve lost the NEWS!”

“I’m collapsing, Chris”

  • Alice:Now we're talking.
  • Anna:Why now, why come for me now?
  • Alice:Because I felt strong enough; it's taken me five months to convince myself you're not better than me.
  • Anna:It's not a competition.
  • Alice:Yes it is.
  • Anna:I don't want a fight.
  • Alice:SO GIVE IN.
  • Why did you do this?
  • Anna:I fell in love with him, Alice.
  • Alice:That's the most stupid expression in the world.
  • 'I fell in love'-as if you had no choice. There's a moment, there's always a moment; I can do this, I can give in to this or I can resist it. I don't know when your moment was but I bet there was one.
  • Anna:Yes, there was.
  • Alice:You didn't fall in love, you gave into temptation.
  • Anna:Well, you fell in love with him.
  • Alice:No, I chose him. I looked in his briefcase and I found this...sandwich...and I thought, 'I will give all my love to this charming man who cuts off his crusts.'
  • I didn't fall in love, I chose to.
  • Anna:You still want him, after everything he's done to you?
  • Alice:You wouldn't understand; he...buries me.
  • He makes me invisible.
  • Anna:What are you hiding from?
  • Alice:Everything. Everything's a lie, nothing matters.