Father Pavel Egorovich sat in a chair, handed out cards, shook wooden barrels with numbers in a canvas sack. Everyone wishing to play took their places around the table. The echo of these evenings can be found in Chekhov’s Seagull. V.I. Nemirovich-Danchenko wrote, “Thanks to the lake and the garden, Melikhovo was beautiful during the moonlit nights and sunset evenings and excited our imagination. Here Chekhov wrote his Seagull, and many details in Seagull were inspired by the Melikhovo’s atmosphere. At least I cannot escape the impression that the stage made by Treplyov was inspired by this alley leading to the lake, and “they are playing in the house”, and “red moon”, and loto in the fourth act. V. Simov, Moscow Art Theatre’s scene painter who had been to Melikhovo, in his scenes for the first production of Seagull reconstructed some elements of the Chekhov’s living room interior the on the stage. No matter how many films are shot or how many adaptations of Chekhov’s Seagull for stage are made, directors and actors consider it their duty to come to Melikhovo.


  • Title: Loto set
  • Date: 1890/1900
  • Physical Location: Melihovo

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