Tue 13 - Sat 17 Feb, Keble O'Reilly Theatre
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov; translated by Michael Frayn
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French LTD.
When Mrs Ranevsky returns to her ancestral home from Paris where she has been living since the death of her son, she is confronted by all the changes which have happened in her absence and the question of whether her beloved cherry orchard must be sold. In turn tragic and comedic, Chekhov examines love, loss, and the passing of time through the ever-present question of the fate of the family’s estate. Enhanced by stunning design and an atmospheric score of original live jazz music, this production is a compassionate exploration of the challenges of human interaction, both with each other and with the past.
Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece portrays a country and family on the brink of social upheaval. Written in 1903, shortly before the Russian Revolution, this production reimagines the play in prohibition-era 1920s America: a period, like ours, on the cusp of great political change. Chekhov’s study of social tensions is given a new significance in the Jazz Age, which shares the original poignancy of sweeping economic transformation, reflected in generational divides between youthful hedonism and traditional conservatism.
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes with interval