A play by Anton Chekov
Sam Mendes, Director
Venue: The Aldwych Theatre
Opened October 24, 1989

Kate Anthony
Ranyevskaya: Judi Dench
Yasha: John Dougall
Charlotta: Kate Duchêne
Trofimov: Nicholas Farrell
Miranda Foster     
Firs: Michael Gough
Lopakhin: Bernard Hill    
The Passer-By: Tom Hollander  
Varya: Lesley Manville    
Yepikhodov: Abigail McKern
Stanley Page     
Gayev: Ronald Pickup    
Patricia Samuels     
Peter Sowerbutts     
Simeonov-Pischik: Barry Stanton   
Yepikhodov: Tom Watt

The Cherry Orchard

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Mr. Hollander is believed to have taken part in the performances for The Cherry Orchard. So far, however, published reviews have not verified his involvement by name, although other sources have confirmed he was part of the cast.

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Bleak comedy of a changing world; Michael Frayn
By Heather Neill
The Times (London)
October 24 1989

"... A tall, elegant, bespectacled person sits alone in a white landscape not a Chekhovian 'eternal student' stranded in the Russian snow, but Michael Frayn at the Waldorf Hotel, its Palm Court tables prematurely stripped for breakfast. Next door, at the Aldwych Theatre, Judi Dench, Bernard Hill, Ronald Pickup and other household names are appearing in his translation of The Cherry Orchard, a revised version of the one used by Peter Hall at the National Theatre in 1978...

... It is during Act II that Chekhov hints at a less naturalistic style: there is the unexplained sound of a string or cable breaking and a drunken passer-by interrupts the proceedings by declaiming verse. The curtain line, when Anya says to Trofimov 'Let's go down to the river. It's nice there' gives the actors very little to work with. Frayn has changed 'nice' to another bland word, 'lovely', to try to make it easier, but Chekhov clearly intended a quiet end to the first half..."

The Cherry Orchard
By Martin Hoyal
Financial Times (London,England)
October 26, 1989

"...The director, unnervingly still in his early 20s, has a good if necessarily brief track record at the Chichester Festival, where his strong, atmospheric production last season of Maxim Gorgy's Summerfolk had everyone murmuring 'Chekhovian'. Paradoxically, and admirably, this Chekhov production steers clear of the mixture as before; indeed, refuses disconcertingly to conform to our cliche image of Anton Pavlovich..."


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