This is a "profit share" production for self-employed actors and creatives voluntarily participating in rehearsals and performances. We offer £250 guaranteed expenses and a rehearsal schedule that can be tailored to allow actors time to earn and audition elsewhere when ever possible. See below for more important information about "profitshare" that you should consider before applying, including advice from the actors union Equity.
Producer: Sasha Regan
Director: Phil Willmott
Set Design: Justin Williams and Jonny Rust
Costume Design: Penn O'Gara
Lighting Design: TBC
Sound Design: Theo Holloway
Casting Director: Adam Braham
Assistant and Resident Director: Justin Murray
Director's Assistant: Nicola Allpress
Stage Manager: Toby Burbidge
Production Photographer: Scott Rylander
Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece, a gentle comedy about a family facing ruin, is a poignant snapshot of the sweeping change that came to a head with the Russian Revolution in 1917. Populated by colourful, vivid and unforgettable characters this much loved play comes to new life in a daringly fresh production. Based on the translation by Julius West and accessible HERE. The narrative, role size and characters will remain the same but scenes will be inter-cut across various locations in the style of a screen play. Script available from mid January.
29th & 30th January
February 12th - March 9th,
Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Sunday March 11th, 6pm - 10pm
March 13th - 14th 10am - 10pm
March 14th - April 7th Tuesdays - Saturdays, 7.30pm
Matinee Saturday April 7th at 2.30pm
ROLES YET TO BE CAST.
N.B. The Roles of Firs, Yasha, Lopakin, Pischik, Dunyasha and Trofimov are cast
LYUBA RANEVSKY F 40s
A glamorous high-society woman used to being adored by men, and pursuing passionate love affairs she is beginning to age but is sill very much a cougar. She is the owner of the estate and the cherry orchard around which the story revolves. She has faced tragedy many times in her life, or rather has tried to escape from it. Her first name, "Lyuba," means "love" in Russian, and she seems to exemplify love with her generosity, kindness and physical beauty, and sexual nature; she is the only character in the play with a lover. But her feelings of love often cloud her judgment, and she is also unable to control her spending, a sign of her disconnection from her present status as an impoverished aristocrat.
LEONID GAYEV M50s
Gayev is Ranevsky's brother. He has several intriguing verbal habits; he frequently describes tricky billiards shots at odd and inappropriate times. He also will launch into overly sentimental and rhetorical speeches before his niece Anya stops him, after which he always mutters "I am silent" at least once. Gayev is a kind and concerned uncle and brother, but he behaves very differently around people not of his own social class. He is fifty-one years old, but as he notes, this is "difficult to believe", because he is in many ways an infant. He constantly pops sweets into his mouth, insults people (such as Lopakhin) with whom he disagrees, and has to be reminded to put on his jacket by Firs.
VARYA F 20s
Varya is Ranevksy's adopted daughter. She is in love with Lopakhin, but she doubts that he will ever propose to her. Varya is hard-working and responsible and has a similar work ethic to Lopakhin. She is the one character in the play who may be most affected by the loss of the estate. She is the estate's manager, so she will lose her job if Ranevsky loses the estate, but, lacking money or a husband, she has no control over its fate or her own.
ANYA F late teens
Ranevksy's biological daughter, Anya is seventeen years old. She seems to have lived a sheltered life. She greatly enjoys the company of Trofimov and his lofty idealism, and is quick to comfort her mother after the loss of her orchard. Anya and Trofimov become so close that Varya fears they may become romantically involved.
CHARLOTTA F 30-40s
Anya's governess. Charlotte traveled from town-to-town performing tricks such as "the dive of death" when she was very young, before her Father and Mother both died. Charlotte is something of a clown, performing tricks for the amusement of the elite around her, such as Yasha, Ranevsky, and Yopakhin, while, at the same time, subtly mocking their pre-occupations.
SIMON YEPHIKODOV M 20s – 30s
Yephikodov is a clerk at the Ranevsky estate. He is a source of amusement for all the other workers and amusement for all the other workers, who refer to him as "Simple Simon". Yephikodov provides comic relief, with his self-conscious pose as the hopeless lover and romantic, often contemplating suicide. He loves Dunyasha, to whom he has proposed.