As produced by London's Old Vic and later, New York's BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 2009.
Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theatre. In The Cherry Orchard, his last full-length play, an impoverished landowning family is unable to face the fact that their estate is about to be auctioned off. Lopakhin, a local merchant, presents numerous options to save it, including cutting down their prized cherry orchard. But the family is stricken with denial. The Cherry Orchard charts the precipitous descent of a wealthy family and in the process creates a bold meditation on social change and bourgeois materialism.
“Without pressing it, this Cherry Orchard, in a nimble new version by Tom Stoppard
that invites fresh comic shadings, pushes that sense of the incongruous not so much
into farce as into Alice in Wonderland absurdity...Mr. Stoppard’s adaptation is full of
classically Stoppardesque instances of eloquence gone awry.” - The New York Times
“A sure-footed reworking by Tom Stoppard!” - New York Magazine
“I can’t recall another production of The Cherry Orchard in which comedy and elegey
were so well balanced...there was never a moment when I was anything other than
enthralled.” - The Wall Street Journal