After having stayed in Paris for several years, the widow Ranevskaya returns to her family home in Russia. She encounters a changed world. The family’s debts have become so great that the house and estate will have to be auctioned. Businessman Lopakhin sees a way out. He proposes to cut down the cherry orchard and use the land to build summer cottages on, which can be rented out.
Duration: 2h25 including intermission
English surtitles: 16 june
Introduction: wed 19 jun
Aftertalk: fr 21 jun
premiere: sun 16 jun 2019
Chekhov’s final play portrays the painful demise of people who live in the illusion of their past life and do not understand modern times. The cherry orchard has become unprofitable over time. They used to make jam from the cherries. But even old manservant Firs, who worked on the estate all his life, has forgotten the recipe by now.
The future belongs to capitalists and fast money. In The cherry orchard, the roles are literally reversed. Lopakhin buys the house where his father once worked as a servant. The man who used to be without possessions has become the owner. Ranevskaya still has land, but no money. She is unable to change her way of thinking.
The detailed portrait of people living in futile yearning for something that no longer exists has made The cherry orchard grow into one of the most beloved plays of the global repertoire. Internationally renowned English director Simon McBurney directs the ensemble.
McBurney maakte zijn debuut op het Holland Festival met de voorstelling A Disappearing Number (2007), over de zoektocht naar oneindigheid door de belangrijkste wiskundigen van de 20ste eeuw: Srinivasa Ramanujan en G.H. Hardy. Daarna volgden A Dog’s Heart (2010), The Master and Margarita (2012) en The Encounter (2017).
Internationally renowned British director Simon McBurney – whose The Encounter and Dog’s Heart were performed last year at the Holland Festival and the Dutch national Opera respectively – has chosen Chekhov’s The cherry orchard as his ITA directing debut with Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Chris Nietvelt, Hélène Devos, Steven Van Watermeulen et al.
By now, The cherry orchard is one of the most beloved plays of the global repertoire and will premiere during the Holland Festival 2019.
by Anton Chekhov
director Simon McBurney
scenographer Miriam Buether
light design Paule Constable
sound design Pete Malkin
video design Will Duke
costumes Fauve Ryckebusch
casting advice Hans Kemna
coproducer Holland Festival, Barbican Centre, Festival Printemps des Comédiens Montpellier
private producer Joachim Fleury
assistant director Olivier Diepenhorst, Chelsea Walker, Sofie Kramer (intern)
assistant scenographer Ramón Huijbrechts
assistant video Sam Hunt
assistant dramaturgy Maria Luttikhuis (intern)
assistant costumes Eleftheria Lavdaki
head technical ensemble Götz Schwörer
production leader Michiel van Schijndel, Marjanne Wilmink
technical Sebastiaan Kruijs (stage manager), Emile Bleeker, Bart Coenen, Sander van Elteren, Zinzi Kemper, David Logger, Timo Merkies, Peter Pieksma, Martijn Smolders, Mark Thewessen, Daan Westendorp
costumes department Wim van Vliet (head), Farida Bouhbouh
hair & grime David Verswijveren
execution scenography Levtec
casting advisory Hans Kemna, Martha Mojet Kindercasting
fotography Jan Versweyveld, Henri Verhoef
image editing Henri Verhoef
graphic design Sara Fortuin, Serena Kloet, Studio ITA
publicity Selman Aqiqi
with thanks to Teun Hieltjes, Catvertise, Judith Dimant (production London), Eva Sol, Martina Vlaanderen, Bella (dog)