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Tue 15-Sat 19 Feb 2011
[2hr 10min including interval]


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Donka: A Letter to Chekhov
Lausanne and Inlevitas/Finzi Pasca & Hamelin Company
Teatro Suniland Chekhov International Theatre Festival with Theatre Vidy. Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca

A visually sumptuous and playful homage

Step into a spellbinding, dreamy world inspired by Anton Chekhov's plays and diaries, told through the language of elegantly decadent clowns, jugglers and the magical world of acrobats.

Donka: A Letter to Chekhov is a homage to Russia's greatest playwright, the man who wrote The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull. This irresistibly romantic, tender and humorous play enchants with imaginative costumes, elegant set design and magnificent music that ranges from symphonic to traditional Russian folksongs.

Commissioned to open the prestigious Chekhov International Theatre Festival in 2010, it premiered to overwhelmingly popular and critical acclaim, including a thunderous 15-minute standing ovation.

Writer and Director Daniele Finzi Pasca is a superlative talent in the world of physical theatre, a creator whose luscious and magical works have enchanted audiences worldwide. This is his most poetic and powerful piece to date, a vision that touches the heart and mind.

In English

Suitability: ages 13+/years 8-12 Drama, English, Media, Music
Themes: romance, humour, acrobatics, circus arts, playwrights

  • Tue 15 Feb, 7.30PM
  • Wed 16 Feb, 7.30PM
  • Thu 17 Feb, 7.30PM
  • Sat 19 Feb, 2.00PM


His Majesty's Theatre

Address: 825 Hay Street, Perth
Phone: (08) 9265 0900

His Majesty's Theatre is one of Australia's most sophisticated and stylish venues. The Theatre has been entertaining audiences within the walls of its Edwardian splendor since 1904.

His Majesty's Theatre is located on Hay Street, Perth (cnr King Street).  Buses run frequently along St Georges Terrace, parallel to Hay Street.  The free Central Area Transport (Red CAT) stops at 'His Majesty's' on Hay Street and operates every five minutes from 6:40am to 6:20pm Monday to Friday, and hourly on weekends between 8:30am and 5:00pm.  The Perth Central Railway Station is just a five-minute walk from the Theatre.

Transperth InfoLine: 13 62 13
Transperth Website: http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Undercover parking is available nearby at His Majesty's Carpark (City of Perth Carpark No.5) via entry from Murray Street and Kings Parking via entry from King Street. Street parking is subject to availability.

Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance, some performances may not allow latecomers entry, please check your ticket for details.

Mobile telephones and electronice devies are to be turned off during the performance, they can sometime affect the sound equipment as well as disrupting the artists and other audience members.

Cameras, video cameras and tape recorders will not be permitted without the consent of the promoter.

The management of His Majesty's Theatre endeavours to accommodate patrons with disabilities whenever possible. However, due to production requirements of some events, these special facilities are sometimes limited. We therefore recommend that all patrons with special requirements state their needs at the time of booking tickets.

His Majesty's usual facilities include:
- Wheelchair access to the auditorium 
- Wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor 
- Wheelchair access to Downstairs at the Maj and Museum of Performing Arts 
- A hearing induction loop throughout most of the auditorium

For further access information visit the Department of Culture and the Arts website. 

Mention Entrees and Encores when making your booking and arriving at some of the City's premier bars and restaurants and extend your night beyond the show. Be it an entrée or encore, these venues offer special Festival deals for $30 to keep the night alive.

Box Deli Box Deli
918 Hay Street, Perth
P 08 9322 6744
Open Mon – Fri 10am to late; Sat 4pm – late
Choose any main meal from our ala carte menu with a glass of house wine
Platform Restaurant Platform Restaurant
7/240 St Georges Terrace, Perth
P 08 9226 3636
Open Mon – Tues 7am to 6pm; Wed – Fri 7am to late
Sweet potato, tomato, spinach, leek, feta tart, roast pepper, parmesan salad
Salt and pepper squid with mango, mint, cucumber mixed leaves, lime aioli
With a glass of Flametree Sauvignon Blanc Semillon or a Corona or a Flametree Cab Merlot
Bar One Bar One
250 St Georges Tce, Perth (Plaza Level of QV1 Building)
P 08 9481 8400
Open Mon – Fri 7am to late
Penne Arrabiata (or vegetarian option) with a glass of house wine
The George The George
216 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
P 08 6161 6662
Open Mon-Fri 7am to late; Sat 5pm to late
A choice of beef, fish or chicken and a glass of house wine
Lamonts - Bishop's House

Bishop's House
P 08 9226 1884
Lunch and Dinner, Mon-Fri, private group bookings Sat & Sun
Lemon crumbed King George whiting with fennel salad, chips and dill aioli
Grilled corn fed chicken breast with soft egg, truffle butter
And a glass of Lamonts Quartet or Cabernet Merlot

Manhattan's Bar Manhattan's Bar
243 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
P 08 9361 2237
A bottle of house wine and a gourmet pizza

Bookings may be required, mention Entrees & Encores when making your reservation or order.