Adapted and directed by Victor Kalka, a new version of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard reframes the story through a 2019 sensibility and blows the cobwebs off the comedy.
“People often forget how funny Chekhov can be because all they have seen or read are dusty old translations,” says Kalka. “I would rather chew off my own arm than sit through one of those!”
“Chekhov was writing for his contemporaries, creating instantly recognisable characters, and that’s what I am doing, creating a version that speaks to 2019 and all our current anxieties – and we have a lot of anxieties! Rightly so, society is in a constant state of flux, and if we don’t move with the times, we will get left behind.”
In The Cherry Orchard, a heartbroken and bankrupt Lyubov returns to her family farm, only to find that it is on the verge of financial ruin. She is offered an easy way out – sell the property and live comfortably on the profits. Can she let go of the past to secure a future for her and her family?
Time is running out, but the family and their friends are stuck in an arrested development, refusing to face reality. In this crucible, there are petty squabbles, moments of passion, triangles, and dreams slipping away over the horizon.
Kalka’s cast features Martin Bell, Garreth Cruikshank, Dominique de Marco, Zacharie di Ferdinando, Teale Howie, Suzann James, Craig James, Laurel McGowan, Alannah Robertson, Martin Quinn, Caitlin Williams, and Harley Wilson.