The Cherry Orchard Summary

  • The Cherry Orchard is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: September 8, 2016
  • Opens October 6, 2016
  • Show Closed: December 4, 2016

The Cherry Orchard is set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. It centers around a noblewoman named Lyobov Ranevskaya who returns to her estate after she has been absent for five years, following the death of her son. After a period away due to her grief, Lyobov returns to find the cherry orchard on the estate in full bloom. Despite this outward sign of prosperity, her home is on the verge of financial ruin. Along with her brother, Gaev, she struggles to maintain their façade of gentility as the reality of their social status is crumbling around them.

The Cherry Orchard on Broadway Background

This new adaptation coming to the American Airlines Theatre in a Roundabout Theatre Company production is written by Stephen Karam, whose original play The Humans was a great success Off-Broadway also in a Roundabout Theatre company production, and plays Broadway starting February 2016. Stephen Karam also was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012 for his play Sons of the Prophet, which also was produced by Roundabout. The Cherry Orchard is directed by Simon Godwin, an English theatre director who is making his Broadway debut with this production, and whose London credits include Nick Payne’s Wanderlust and Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe. The Cherry Orchard is considered one of the great classic works of Russian theatre, having been translated into countless languages and produced all over the world. Some of the greatest American playwrights – such as Arthur Miller, David Mamet, and Eugene O’Neill – were directly influenced by Anton Chekhov. A film version of The Cherry Orchard was also made in 1999 directed by Michael Cacoyannis, and starring Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates.

What’s The Cherry Orchard Like?

First written in 1904, and Chekhov’s last play before he passed away, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is considered one of his best plays, along with The Seagull, Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya. A true classic drama that extends beyond time or place, The Cherry Orchard has influenced not only theatrical works ad infinitum, but also art of almost every medium.

This Roundabout Theatre Company production is an exceedingly delightful treat, under the talented guidance of the adapter Stephen Karam, and helmed by the excellent and experienced British direction by Simon Godwin who has worked on several National Theatre productions.

Is The Cherry Orchard Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for children over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 740
Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
Theatre Information

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Ranevskaya
Diane Lane
Anya
Tavi Gevinson
Lopakhin
Harold Perrineau
Gaev
John Glover
Varya
Celia Keenan-Bolger
Firs
Joel Grey
Pischik
Chuck Cooper
Trofimov
Kyle Beltran

Producers

Roundabout Theatre Company

Production Credits

Direction
Simon Godwin
Set Design
Scott Pask
Costume Design
Michael Krass
Original Music
Nico Muhly
Light Design
Donald Holder
Sound
Christopher Cronin
Book
Anton Chekhov
Adaptation
Stephen Karam
Production Stage Manager
Jill Cordle

Creative Team

General Manager
Denise Cooper at Roundabout Theatre Company
Company Manager
Lee Poulin at Roundabout Theatre Company
Casting Director
Jim Carnahan at Roundabout Theatre Company
Press Agent
Polk &Co.