Comic Studio Theatre production brings playwright’s comical side to life from Wednesday, April 26

Characters from the Studio Theatre version of The Sneeze - blowing into Ilfracombe next week.Characters from the Studio Theatre version of The Sneeze - blowing into Ilfracombe next week.

The name of famous Russian playwright Anton Chekhov does not conjure up the image of comedy - but Studio Theatre in Ilfracombe is all set to show he was indeed a funny man.

The group is presenting The Sneeze, a collection of seven short plays and sketches written by Chekhov, at The Space on the seafront for a three-night run from Wednesday, April 26.

The works were written by Chekhov before he embarked on his now celebrated full-length plays such as The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.

The Sneeze is actually the title of one of the seven comedies - or vaudevilles, as Chekhov called them - but it serves as the title for the whole entertainment.

All the pieces have been adapted and translated by Michael Frayn, whose own plays include the ever popular Noises Off and Donkeys' Years.

Peter Moore at Studio Theatre commented: "Chekhov once said (probably tongue in cheek, but who can be sure?) that he didn't like plays, except short ones and, he said, some of his best and funniest writing can be found in these little vaudevilles.

"Personally, I'd go for the long plays for his best work but, the funniest? He might be right there. The London production of The Sneeze starred Rowan Atkinson, which is a clear indication of the comic potential of these pieces."

Find out for yourself - curtain goes up at 7.45pm each night. For tickets visit Tinker Tailor Party Shop and Hairport in the High Street or call Peter on 01271 867076.