Chekhov One-Act Plays Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Anton Chekhov's birth, the best of British comic talent perform four of his one-act plays. Focusing on attitude, manners and hypocrisy, these Chekhov 'tragifarces' mix satirical comedy with psychological drama. Full of great characters and biting dialogue and performed by renowned comic actors, the plays remain as hilarious and sharp as ever. The Proposal A nervous hypochondriac visits his neighbour to ask for her hand in marriage. But his romantic endeavours are scuppered when the couple, and also her father, find themselves in a circle of petty arguments, disagreements...and an unstoppable bout of one-upmanship. The Bear A rude and boorish landowner calls on a widow to collect on an 1011 owed to him by her late husband. When the grieving widow is unable to pay him, he simply refuses to leave - and the passionate, fiery altercation they embark on leads them to agree to fight a duel to the death with pistols. The Dangers of Tobacco A brow-beaten husband of a domineering wife delivers, at her command, a lecture on the harmful effects of smoking tobacco. But as he struggles to stick to the intended subject matter of his speech, we learn of his regrets, yearnings...and of his miserable life 'under the thumb'. A Reluctant Tragic Hero A frustrated family man, exhausted from running constant and countless errands for friends and family, visits his good friend to let off steam and hopefully garner some much needed sympathy. But his rant only serves to see him leaving with more problems than he actually arrived with.