Love in a nutshell

Performed in Russian with English subtitles.

Friday 20th May (7:30pm) and Saturday 21st May (3:00pm and 7:30pm) at The Cockpit.

The show is a stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s selected short stories exploring love and relationships between people.

Outside Russia Chekhov is mostly known for his full-length plays, but his ironic, visceral, hilarious and sad short stories also offer incredible source of material for theatre. Alongside with famous stories such as “The Proposal”, Xameleon’s cast will present London’s audience with Chekhov’s less known work such as “A Daughter of Albion” and “The Witch”. In our show, recognisable and timeless sketches of everyday life from the pen of one of the most loved Russian playwrights came together in a humorous and at the same time touching performance.

Cast & Creatives

Cast: Irina Kara, Oleg Hill, Vlada Lemeshevska, Oleg Sidorchik, Vadim Bogdanov, Igor Selivanov, Maria Blatstein

Director and Scenographer: Dmitry Turchaninov

Lighting designer: George Galkin

Prop designer: Zarina Kostelman

Subtitles: Obskura (Inese Strupule and Alberto Lopez)

Assistant Stage Manager: Yelena Roganyan

Producer: Vlada Lemeshevska


Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (with interval)


Location: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

Nearest stations: Marylebone (Bakerloo, National_Rail_Logo National Rail), Edgware Road (Hammersmith & City, District, Circle, Bakerloo). Both are about a 7 minute walk.



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Xameleon Theatre Productions

Xameleon Theatre Productions is a theatre company based in London. Working with professional actors and directors we aim to produce a ranged repertoire from classics to contemporary drama. Performing in Russian with English subtitles, we are appealing to both Russian speakers living in the UK and Londoners who are interested in Russian theatre and culture.


  • Vlada Lemeshevska
    Vlada Lemeshevska Founder, Producer & Actress

    Vlada Lemeshevska trained professionally in London at East 15 Acting School and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She participated in acting residencies at Shakespeare’s Globe and Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS, Moscow). In London, Vlada performed in venues such as BAC, Tristan Bates and Arcola. In 2015, she was selected to take part in The Summer Theatre School in Moscow, where she worked with the most prominent Russian theatre practitioners and performed in Evgeni Ibragimov’s play “ours AND ours”.

  • Irina Kara
    Irina Kara Actress

    Irina Kara studied at The Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow under the mentorship of legendary Soviet film director Sergei Bondarchuk. After graduating in 1989, she toured Canada with a performance group “The Players”, settling in the UK in 1992. Since then she has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. Her credits include “Lord Have Mercy” (film, dir. Vigen Chaldranyan),  “Legends” (TV series, dir. Jamie Payne) La corrispondenza ( film, dir. Giuseppe Tornatorre) and “Snowman” (film, dir. Thomas Alfredson).

  • Oleg Hill
    Oleg Hill Actor

    Oleg Hill graduated in 1989 from Riga Drama Studio in Latvia. In 2006 he moved to the UK, where he trained at London School of Performing Arts and since then has worked in theatre, film, radio and television. He has taken part in many projects and has worked with directors such as Mark Forster (World War Z), Frank Harper (St George’s Day), Brian Grant (New Tricks).

  • Oleg Sidorchik
    Oleg Sidorchik Actor

    Oleg Sidorchik graduated from Belarusian State Academy of Arts. Between 1985 and 2004, he worked at the Belarusian Young Spectators Theatre. Over the following three years (2004-2006) he was an actor at Belarusian Army Theatre. He joined Belarus Free Theatre in 2005. During his career Oleg played an extensive number of lead roles such as “Zone of Silence”, “Cowards”, “A Flower to Pina Bausch”, “Eurepica.Challenge”, “New York 79”, “To be Harold Pinter”. He also played the lead in the production of “King Lear”, which was commissioned by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and performed at its “Globe to Globe” Festival.

  • Vadim Bogdanov
    Vadim Bogdanov Actor

    Vadim Bogdanov graduated from Russian State University of Performing Arts in Saint-Petersburg in 2010. From 2010 to 2015 worked at Samara Academic Theatre. During that time, he played various roles including: Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Bulanov (The Forest), Egor (Our Kitchen), Gluhovtsev (Days of Our Lives), Curley (Of Mice and Men) and Malcolm (Macbeth). In late 2015, he moved to London where he continues to work as an actor.

  • Igor Selivanov
    Igor Selivanov Assistant Producer & Actor

    Igor was born in Odessa (Ukraine) and moved New York at the age of 11. In 2000 he graduated from New York University with a major in Computer Science and minors in English Literature and Philosophy. He moved to London in 2011, where he completed City Academy Drama School in 2013.

  • Maria Blatstein
    Maria Blatstein Actress

    Maria Blatstein was born in Ukraine, graduated from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Has been living in Britain since 2007. She studied acting in City Academy and Actors Studio in London. Maria is a member of LiveWired – the resident comedy improvisation group at The Phoenix Artist Club in London’s West End.

  • Dmitriy Turchaninov
    Dmitriy Turchaninov Associate Director

    Dmitry Turchaninov is a director, trained at Moscow Arts Theatre School. Prior to becoming director, he graduated from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and for many years worked as an actor at Lithuanian Russian Theatre in Vilnius. He also performed main role in the show “Walking with Dinosaurs” which was staged in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) in association with BBC Worldwide. He moved to London in 2011, having previously directed in Vilnius (Lithuania) and Saratov (Russia). His latest work “The Empress Maria”, the play about Ivan the Terrible, was staged in London in 2015.

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