Olivier Theatre, National
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat
One of Anton Chekhov’s most famous pieces of work , “The Cherry Orchard”, returns to the London theatre scene for the second time in 2011, with a new run at The National Theatre with the acclaimed actress Zoë Wanamaker in the lead role. Earlier in the year it was the Noel Coward Theatre that welcomed the show to its stage, with Russia’s Sovremennik Theatre presenting the production as part of a season of the company’s work. It also saw “Three Sisters” appear in the West End and it goes to show that this year has been a good one for Checkhov fans in the capital.
This new production is set to appear on the stage of the Olivier National Theatre in May, at a time when the venue is also welcoming another classic piece in the form of “Frankenstein”. The plot follows Madame Ranevskaya, a Russian aristocrat that is returning to her country home, where she will relish in the cherry orchard that holds so many dear memories for her. But alongside her brother she sets a series of events in motion that puts nostalgia by the wayside and puts the property under jeopardy. Times are difficult and their only hope could be in the selling-off of a cherished memory.
Zoë Wanamaker appears in the production following her previous appearance on a London stage when audiences picked up theatre tickets to witness her in “All My Sons” at the Apollo Theatre in 2010. Alongside David Suchet she starred in the latest staging of Arthur Miller’s classic play. The actress has carved out a career on the screen and film, with her most famous credits including the “Harry Potter” movies and the sitcom “My Family”, though her credits onstage include Laurence Olivier Award-winning performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as the likes of Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre in 2007.
Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” is a piece that remains a popular and beloved production more than a century after it was first staged. Not only does it capture the Russian playwright at his finest, it also portrays an era in the history of Russia that is firmly of its time.
The Cherry Orchard appears at the Olivier National Theatre from Thursday 12th May 2011 to Thursday 28th July 2011.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 12th May 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 13th August 2011|
|Evenings:||Various dates and times|
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