National Theatre Live: The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Starring Zoë Wanamaker

By Anton Chekhov in a version by Andrew Upton

Strictly limited season: SAT JULY23 and SUN JULY 24 at 1pm (Additional screenings at select cinemas)

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4 STARS ‘Zoë Wanamaker is right on key… She portrays effortlessly, the blindness and indifference of a woman who refuses to recognise reality.’ Daily Express (UK)

4 STARS ‘Zoë Wanamaker is superb.’ The Times (UK)

4 STARS ‘The show is blessed with an amazing set by Bunny Christie’ Daily Mail (UK)

4 STARS ‘Howard Davies is Britain’s most consistently satisfying interpreter of Russian drama.’ Evening Standard (UK)

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

‘A funny and affecting production with an excellent cast, who capture the wild exuberance and piercing melancholy of Chekhov’s play.’ Metro (UK) ABOUT THE PLAY

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.

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 follows Andrew Upton’s acclaimed adaptations of Philistines and The White Guard.

'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.'

Cast RANYEVSKAYA - Zoë Wanamaker GAEV - James Laurenson ANYA - Charity Wakefield VARYA - Claudie Blakley LOPAKHIN - Conleth Hill TROFIMOV - Mark Bonnar SIMYONOV-PISCHIK - Tim McMullan CHARLOTTA - Sarah Woodward YEPIHODOV - Pip Carter DUNYASHA - Emily Taaffe YASHA - Gerald Kyd FIRS - Kenneth Cranham PASSER-BY - Craige Els STATION MASTER - Paul Dodds ENSEMBLE - Mark Fleischmann Colin Haigh Jessica Regan Tim Samuels Stephanie Thomas Joseph Thompson Rosie Thomson Ellie Turner Director Howard Davies

Designer Bunny Christie

Lighting Designer Neil Austin

Music Dominic Muldowney

Sound Designer Paul Groothuis PRODUCTION IMAGES

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