The Cherry Orchard
Written by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Bill Scott
More than a century after it was written, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is as popular as ever. This must be partly down to its brilliantly observed characters and its rich vein of comedy but, because it deals with the inevitability of change, it resonates with our present concerns about disappearing ways of life and how we confront social upheaval and uncertainty.
Having a serious message does not mean it’s a serious play. In fact when he finished writing it, Chekhov noted that “it hasn’t turned out to be a drama, but a comedy – in places even a farce!”
Miracle’s new small-cast adaptation by treads this tragicomic tightrope, bringing out all the humour and pathos of Chekhov’s wonderful story about a family on the edge of ruin, in a society on the brink of cataclysmic change.