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About The Cherry Orchard

Sunday Telegraph 

Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Financial Times, The Independent, The Times, The Stage, Mail on Sunday

‘Wonderfully fresh, funny and deeply felt. One of the finest ensembles I have ever seen at the National.' Daily Telegraph

‘Zoë Wanamaker is superb.' The Times

‘Howard Davies is Britain's most consistently satisfying interpreter of Russian drama.' Evening Standard

‘A funny and affecting production with an excellent cast, who capture the wild exuberance and piercing melancholy of Chekhov's play.' Metro

Set at the very start of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard captures a poignant moment in Russia's history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917. This spirited new version of Chekhov's last play reunites director Howard Davies with Andrew Upton following their acclaimed productions of Philistines and The White Guard .

Ranyevskaya returns more or less bankrupt after ten years abroad. Luxuriating in her fading moneyed world and regardless of the increasingly hostile forces outside, she and her brother snub the lucrative scheme of Lopakhin, a peasant turned entrepreneur, to save the family estate. In so doing, they put up their lives to auction and seal the fate of the beloved orchard.

Hear what I have to say about the Cherry Orchard, because it is mine. I say bring it down, tear it down. Smash it down and tear it down. Watch, watch. Just you watch. I will build holiday villas, as far as the eye can see. I will build a place for everyone to come and enjoy. For the future. And this will be the future. A new life. A new way of life. Here! Come now and play. Play. Play! Get the band to play.