The Cherry Orchard

Written by Anton Chekhov
Directed for Actonians by Lesley Keetley & John Adams


Anton Chekov completed "The Cherry Orchard" late in 1902, by now seriously ill with tuberculosis, and sent it off to The Moscow Arts Theatre. It was not a happy production. He himself perceived the play as a Comedy, but Stanislavsky, his director, insisted that it was a tragedy. The two continued working at cross purposes till the bitter end. In spite of, or perhaps because of, this disagreement, the opening in 1904 was an immediate and immense success. Indeed, "The Cherry Orchard" demonstrates an exquisite balance of tragedy and farce with which Chekhov so skilfully imbued his mature plays.

Three months later, quite near death, Chekhov went to a German Spa on the orders of his Doctor, where he died in the July. He was just 44 years of age.


Dunyasha - the chambermaid Sarah Atkins
Yermolay Lopakhin - a businessman Alan Cross
Yepikhodov - the estate clerk Rob Pardoe
Firs - the old footman - aged 87 Danny Rogers
Anya - Ranyevsakaya's daughter Rachel Taylor
Lyuba Ranyevskaya - a landowner Di Pardoe
Charlotta Ivanovna - the governess Andy Fisher
Varya - Ranyevsakaya's adopted daughter Lin Bowden
Lenya Gayev - Ranyevsakaya's brother David Hebblethwaite
Simeonov-Pischik - a landowner Mike Schofield
Yasha - the young footman Richard Stanway
Petya Trofimov - a student Matthew Godsell
A Passer-by Jim Sinkinson
The Stationmaster Barrie Wright
The Postmaster Simon Carney
Party guests
Grace Jackson
Rosie Bateman
Charlotta's dog Essie
Stage Manager Set Construction
Barrie Wright
Richard Egerton
Simon Carney
Bob Allen
Set Design Bob Allen
Set Painting
Bob Allen
Maureen Blake
Sound Pete Lawry
Lighting Ray Bulmer
Costume Supervisor Ann Aplin
Costume Assistants
Miriam Birch
Sue Godwin
Pat Maltby
Michelle Lucas
Di Roper-Marshall
Angela Croome
Rona Wright
Yvonne Bate
Bar Margaret Bulmer
Publicity Sarah McMahon
Box Office Ticket Sales
Godfrey Laundy