The Cherry Orchard – By Anton Chekhov – Translated by Stephen Karam
Opens Monday, November 18th and runs every other night through to Friday, November 22nd, 2019
The Cherry Orchard is the last and perhaps most famous of Chekhov’s major plays. It was first staged in Moscow in 1904 and is commonly considered a classic of the Western canon. The original production was set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. The Cherry Orchard chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition.
The Cherry Orchard, featuring the work of Grenfell's second, third and fourth year students, is directed by Mary Vingoe, Costume design by Vickie Marston, Set by roy Hansen-robitschek. Lights by Harry Tibbo.
Uncle Vanya – By Anton Chekhov – Adapted by Robert Icke
Opens Tuesday, November 19th and runs every other night through to Saturday, November 23rd 2019
Uncle Vanya, or Scenes from Country Life, is both gut-wrenchingly sad and hilariously funny. Its characters are both admirable and despicable; selfish, narcissistic, prone to depression and whining about their lot in life but also capable of love and passion and self-sacrifice. Full of contradictions, it is both extremely depressing and filled with love and hope. And just like “The Cherry Orchard”, it is a masterpiece.
Uncle Vanya also features the work of Grenfell's second, third and fourth year students. It is directed by Michael Waller, with Costume design by Vickie Marston, Set by roy Hansen-robitschek, and Lights by Harry Tibbo.