Longing, starring Iain Glen and Tamsin Greig and John Sessions, premiered at Hampstead Theatre last night (7 March 2013, previews from 28 February).

Directed by Nina Raine (who also helmed Greig in Jumpy), William Boyd's debut play combines two of Chekhov's short stories, spinning a tale of nineteenth century Russian life.

When Kolia is invited to visit his oldest friends on their Estate in the country he anticipates a pleasant break from Moscow life. But as the comedy of provincial life plays out around him, he finds himself adrift in a sea of false expectations, missed opportunities and unspoken passions.

The cast also includes Alan Cox, Tom Georgeson, Mary Roscoe, Natasha Little, Eve Ponsonby, William Postlethwaite and Catrin Stewart.