The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekov
April 1981
~ Directed by Joan Lee ~

Chekov's classic drama concerns an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. Unresponsive to offers to save the estate, she allows its sale to the son of a former serf; the family leaves to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down.

The story presents themes of cultural futility – both the futile attempts of the aristocracy to maintain its status and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism It dramatises the socio-economic forces in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century and the decline of the power of the aristocracy.

Cast
Gerry JanesLopahin
Gill MillingerDunyasha
Eric BrownEpihodov
J Eric DavidFirs
Mary WingateMadam Ranevsky
Rebecca FowlerAnya
Polly BishopCharlotta Ivanova
Pippa LeeVarya
Ton y Cole-HamiltonGaev
Keith MorbeyPisjtchek
Tony MasonYasha
Roger RawlinsonTrafimov
Marcus WilkinsonPasserby
Crew
Richard HitchDesigner