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The Cherry Orchard (Kronos Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

An ambitious and impressive new production of Chekhov’s last play, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ has been transplanted into 1980’s England (apparently the only era rivalling 1900’s Russia in terms of class warfare). The music and costumes are spot on for this period. The translation brings the material up to date, although occasionally the language is rather stiff in practise. The cast are all excellent actors, although special mention goes to Daisy Cummins as the wonderfully aristocratic and unstable matriarch. Theo Harrison also provides much comic relief as Simon the secretary. The play veers between comedy and tragedy, tipping towards the latter in this production. This polished student adaptation has achieved the Herculean feat of making Russian literature more current and accessible.

C aquila, until 17 Aug, 9.05pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Isobel Steer]