If Only We Knew

A hundred years ago today, a historic meeting between Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-danchenko in a Moscow restaurant resulted in the creation of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Faynia Williams travels to Moscow to tell the story of the theatre, which pioneered new acting methods and put the plays of Chekhov on stage but later found itself in the deadly embrace of Stalin.

Members of the company, as well as British and American specialists, assess the theatre's past and consider whether it will have a role to play in the next century.

Scenes from Chekhov's `Three Sisters' are performed by Julian Curry, Andrew Sachs and Tamara Ustinov.

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A hundred years ago today, a historic meeting between Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-danchenko in a Moscow restaurant resulted in the creation of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Faynia Williams travels to Moscow to tell the story of the theatre, which pioneered new acting methods and put the plays of Chekhov on stage but later found itself in the deadly embrace of Stalin.

Members of the company, as well as British and American specialists, assess the theatre's past and consider whether it will have a role to play in the next century.

Scenes from Chekhov's `Three Sisters' are performed by Julian Curry, Andrew Sachs and Tamara Ustinov.