The Cherry Orchard

  • byAnton Chekhov
  • Adapted for the Union Theatre by Phil Willmott
  • From a translation byJulius West
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  • Dates 14th March - 7th April 2018
  • Times Tuesday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
    Saturday 24th/31st March & 7th April @ 2.30pm
  • Previews14-17th March


  • Full Price £22.50
  • Concessions £20
  • Under 18 £15
  • Previews£15


Phil Willmott’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece is set in 1917 just as the Tsarist regime topples and the Bolsheviks seize power.

A Bolshevik student, Trofimov, visits his former aristocratic employers as they face ruin, in order to try and reconcile his affection for them with his revolutionary fervour.

The Cherry Orchard is a poignant comedy about a family facing ruin and a vibrant snapshot of life amidst the hopes, tragedy and chaos of the Russian Revolution. Populated by colourful, vivid and unforgettable characters this much loved play comes to new life in a daringly fresh production that anticipates the regime change to come.

Since the death of a child, the old house, set amidst its beautiful cherry orchard, has been abandoned for years by most of the family. But Russia has moved on and their privileged aristocratic life can no longer be taken for granted. A new middle class is buying up parcels of the old estates for holiday homes whilst on the streets of St Petersburg civil unrest threatens all the old certainties of class and privilege. Now the family, their staff and hangers-on are back to decide what to do with the property and the remains of their rapidly depleting fortune. Three generations of masters and servants must assess their best chance of survival and the future of the cherry orchard, in a changing world where nothing can be taken for granted.

The third production in the Union Theatre's essential classics 2018 season comprising of Shaw’s Heartbreak House, Bizet’s Carmen and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Three topical productions from the Phil Willmott Company in which great playwrights and composers of the past have reflect on issues similar to those we face today.

Cast and Creatives


Ranyevskaya, A Landowner
Suanne Braun

Anya, Her Daughter
Lucy Menzies

Varya, Her Adopted Daughter
Lakesha Cammock

Gaev, Ranyevskaya’s Brother
Richard Gibson

Lopakhin, A Businessman
Christopher Laishley

Trofimov, A Bolshevik Student
Feliks Mathur

Pishchik, A Neighbour & Former Ballerina
Caroline Wildi

Charlotta, A Governess
Emma Manton

Yyepikhodov, A Clerk
Alexander Huetson

Dunyasha, A Maidservant
Molly Crookes

Fiers, An Old Footman
Robert Donald

Yasha, A Young Footman
Hugo Nicholson

Student & Egor, A Bolshevik Post-Office Clerk
Jonny Rust

Bolsheviks and other servants and landowners played by the company.


Phil Willmott

Set Design
Justin Williams and Jonny Rust

Costume Design
Penn O’Gara

Lighting Design
Sam Waddington

Sound Design
Theo Holloway

Casting Director
Adam Braham

Production Photographer
Scott Rylander

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