Rehearsals have begun for The Cherry Orchard, Giles Croft’s final production as Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse.
Find out who will be appearing in this classic Chekhov play which opens on Friday 3 November 2017.
Anton Chekhov’s last – and widely considered greatest – play, The Cherry Orchard, tells the story of a family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution.
When Ranevskaya returns to her country home – with its famous orchard – she is torn between its past and the future.
By turns tragic and funny, this new version by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (A Doll’s House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), is both dynamic and profound.
Taking the lead role of Ranevskaya is Sara Stewart, fresh from the gripping BBC drama Doctor Foster. Her other credits include Dinner With Friends (Park Theatre); Hay Fever (Duke of York’s Theatre); Mr Selfridge and Poirot (ITV).
She will be joined by well-known stars of the Playhouse stage Kenneth Alan Taylor as Firs and John Elkington as Lopakhin. Kenneth was former Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse and has written and directed over 33 Playhouse pantomimes, also starring in some of those. His other theatre credits include The Father (Oldham Coliseum & Harrogate Theatre); A Celebration of Arthur Miller and Noises Off (Octagon Theatre Bolton). John is also a regular star of the Playhouse panto and his other theatre credits include Robin Hood arrow of destiny (York Theatre Royal); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/Nuffield Southampton Theatres/Northern Stage) and Dancing Through the Shadows (Hull Truck).
Charlotte Ivanovna will be played by Claire Storey who has previously appeared at Nottingham Playhouse in The Importance of Being Earnest; The Lost Plays Revue and Forever Young. Other theatre credits include Arabian Nights (Best Ensemble MTA, Manchester Library) and Animal Farm (Theatr Clywd).
Jamie de Courcey is confirmed to play Peter Trofimov. His previous credits include Richard III; Macbeth (Arcola Theatre, London); A Doll’s House; Doctor Faustus; 1984; Great Expectations and The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).
Taking the role of Yasha is Graham Butler, Sweet Bird of Youth (Chichester Theatre); Cleansed; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The White Guard (National Theatre).
Varya will be played by Babirye Bukilwa whose credits include Filthy Business (Hampstead Theatre) and Ukumzi (Brave New Word). She will be joined by Jonathan Oliver as Boris Simeonov-Pishchik who has appeared in After October (Finborough Theatre) and The Magic Flute (Budapest Festival Orchestra).
Taking the role of Anya is Evlyne Oyedokun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (The Old Vic); The Broken Heart and A Doll’s House (RADA). Joining her as Leonid Gayev is Robin Kingsland, Hamlet (Secret Theatre London); The Other Place (RADA) and Witness For The Prosecution (Vienna’s English Theatre).
Taking the roles of Simeon Yepikhodov and Dunyasha are Patrick Osborne and Sasha Frost, both of whom are currently appearing in Nottingham Playhouse’s production of All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Patrick’s other credits include Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre, West End) and Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Sasha’s other credits include The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East).
Lev the Station Master/ Traveller will be played by Rob Goll who has appeared on the Playhouse stage before in NEAT 16 Studio Ensemble; The Second Minute; The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui and The League of Youth.
Laura Mae Mellor will be playing The Guest at Ball/Dance Captain. Her credits include Quilter and The Ghost (Buxton Festival Fringe); Stinxville (The Maypole Theatre) and Swan Canaries (Arletty Theatre-Tour).
The Cherry Orchard runs from Fri 3 – Sat 18 Nov 2017