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Step into The Cherry Orchard


The Cherry Orchard at The Bear Pit Theatre.


The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Michael Frayn at The Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 – 28 October 2023, 7.30pm (2.30 Saturday matinee). A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production.


Step into a world of nostalgia and transformation as The Bear Pit Theatre proudly presents, ‘The Cherry Orchard,’ Anton Chekhov's timeless masterpiece set against the backdrop of a changing society. This is your chance to witness an unforgettable production that promises to leave you spellbound.


Russia 1904, Mme Ranyevskya returns to her estate following a five-year absence to discover her property and beloved cherry orchard, a nostalgic childhood sanctuary, is to be auctioned off to pay the family debts.


Lopakhin, the son of peasants now a successful businessman, offers to help the woman he has loved since boyhood. In denial she continues living in the past with ruinous consequences.


Chekhov’s masterpiece is an exploration of loss, love, a disparity of class and a fascinating insight to a changing society.


Absorbing characters, beautiful costumes and poignant humour. The Cherry Orchard is directed by Colin Lewis Edwards.


The cast:

Madame Ranyevskya – Penelope Sandle Keynes

Anya – Elle Cowan

Varya – Lily Skinner

Gayev – Anthony Homer

Lopakhin – Christopher Dobson

Trofimov – Jake Leon Paul

Simeonov-Pishchik – Kevin Hand

Charlotta Ivanovna – Viv Tomlinson

Dunyasha – Hannah Ciotkowski

Firs – Danny Masewicz

Yasha – Sion Grace

Yepihodov – Joe Frerichs

Station Master & Passer by David Gresham


Here’s what the cast have to say:

“Expect to be transported back to 1900s Russia and characters that deliver stories of love, comedy, heartbreak and dancing!”

“The Cherry Orchard is a great show with lots of subtext and information below the surface”.

“Audiences will experience a quality drama from a talented group of actors. The Cherry Orchard is a fascinating and entertaining story highlighting the disparity between the haves and the have-nots”.

“A show that will deliver beautiful costumes, imaginative direction and fabulous actors”.

“Expect humour, poignancy and history in the making… and a bit of magic!”

“Prepare for very high-quality storytelling”.

“Expect barking mad characters creating comedy for the audience, whilst orchestrating their own downfall!”

“A play about what it means to be human and to be fallible. The social messages are even more relevant today than they were when this was written. Plus, there will be amazing costumes”.

“Expect an emotional rollercoaster with characters sorting out their past and trying to figure out what’s next. It’s like a mix of heartwarming moments and nail-biting uncertainty that’s going to leave you thinking long after the curtains close!"


Be a first in the newly remodelled theatre.

Be part of history as ‘The Cherry Orchard’ marks the inaugural Bear Pit production in their newly remodelled theatre. They say: “We're back to 'end-on', with a renewed ambiance and enhanced facilities, we're excited to offer you an even more enjoyable theatrical experience.”


For more details and to book tickets call the Box Office on 0333 666 3366 or visit: https://www.thebearpit.org.uk/whats-on/the-cherry-orchard/

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