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Summerfolk (Russian: Дачники, Dachniki/Dačniki) is a play written in 1904 by Maxim Gorky.[1] Based in part on the life of the writer Anton Chekhov, it takes place in 1904—the same year that Chekhov died.[2] The play dramatises the Russian bourgeois social class and the changes occurring around them.[3]

The British premiere of the play was given by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London on 27 August 1974. It was directed by David Jones, who introduced several of Gorky's plays to Britain.[4]

Nick Dear adapted the play for a production on London's Olivier stage, part of the Royal National Theatre, in 1999.[5]

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  1. ^ "Maxim Gorky". Moonstruck Drama Bookstore. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  2. ^ Thomson, Helen (November 7, 2003). "Summerfolk Review". Melbourne: The Age Company Ltd. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Guys & Dolls Media Release & Upcoming Shows" (PDF). Studio 58. Jan/Feb 07. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-31.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Gorky: Five Plays, Methuen 1994 ISBN 978-0-413-18110-7
  5. ^ "The Information: `Summerfolk'". Newspaper Publishing PLC. Sep 7, 1999. Retrieved 2007-01-31. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Summerfolk". National Theatre. Retrieved 2007-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Archive:Summerfolk". Albemarle of London. Archived from the original on 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2007-01-31.