From Russia with Love, Lust and Laughs set for Hoxne, Diss and Debenham.

Needham, Norfolk. From Russia with Love, Lust and Laughs performance by the Open Space Theatre Company. pictured is Stephen Picton (Smirnov) and Cathy Gill (Popova)
Needham, Norfolk. From Russia with Love, Lust and Laughs performance by the Open Space Theatre Company. pictured is Stephen Picton (Smirnov) and Cathy Gill (Popova)

A show featuring three short classic comedies by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is set to visit Diss, Hoxne and Debenham.

From Russia With Love, Lust and Laughs, by the Open Space Theatre Company, also includes a poignant Chekhovian themed drama by modern playwright, Brian Friel.

In both The Bear and The Proposal, situations build to a hilarious climax while in The Evils of Tobacco a hen-pecked husband is instructed by his wife to give a lecture but it soon deviates into a picture of the pitiful life he leads.

The final drama, Afterplay, takes two of Chekhov’s most famous characters, Sonya from Uncle Vanya and Andrey from Three Sisters, and imagines then meeting 20 years on.

The show visits St Edmunds Hall in Hoxne tonight, Diss Corn Hall on Thursday and the Red Lion in Debenham next Sunday, December 2.

Tickets cost £9.50 or £8 for concessions available from 01379 652241 for the Diss show and 01379 855101 for the Hoxne and Debenham shows.