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The Cherry Orchard to be Streamed in Cinemas Worldwide

20.02.2020

Druid’s production of The Cherry Orchard will be streamed to cinemas across Ireland and the world, direct from the Black Box Theatre, Galway.

Anton Chekov’s final play before his death, The Cherry Orchard a play about land, legacy and the struggle between tradition and change. Druid will present Tom Murphy’s version of Chekhov’s masterpiece in the Black Box Theatre from 22 February to 7 March. In a first for an Irish theatre company, the production will also be live-streamed to cinemas across Ireland and the world on 5 March at 7pm.

A comedy with elements of farce to Chekov, tragedy to others, The Cherry Orchard tells the story of a fading way of life in a country on the precipice of revolution. As the wealth of liberated serf Lopakhin grows, aristocrat Madame Ranevsky faces loss, betrayal and a crippling mound of debt. Mirroring her predicament is the abundant cherry orchard, whose precarious fate looms in the distance.

Directed by Garry Hynes, with the acclaimed creative team behind  DruidShakespeare the productions is brought to life by a glittering cast from the Druid ensemble including Derbhle Crotty, Ian-Lloyd Anderson, Sibohán Cullen, Megan Cusack, Peter Daly alongside Rachel Feeney, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, Helen Norton, John Olohan and Marty Rea. The company will also feature local ensemble with many Galway based actors making their Druid debut.

Award-winning Irish actor Derbhle Crotty will take on the complex character of Madame Ranevsky in her first performance with the Druid Ensemble since 2015, when she won her second Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Actress as King Henry IV in DruidShakespeare. “It’s wonderful to work with Derbhle,” says Hynes. “I first worked with her well over 20 years ago when she played Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr in the première of that production. I’ve worked with her frequently since then and it’s always a great pleasure.”

Druid are striving towards accessibility, employing technology to welcome new national and international audiences. “This is a way for us to develop new audiences so that people in Galway and somewhere like India, say, can see the production at the same time. It was an ambition of ours and we’ve been working on this project for well over a year now.”

The event also pays homage to one of the most powerful minds in Irish theatre as the first major production of Tom Murphy’s work since his death in 2018. Murphy wrote with uninhibited fury and courage. Plays such as The Sanctuary Lamp created a stir in their time, dealing with themes of faith, intimacy and redemption. In this version of The Cherry Orchard, Russia’s changing political landscape raises questions of land, legacy and the struggle between tradition and change – as pertinent today as they were in the early 1900’s.

 


Cast: Derbhle Crotty, Ian-Lloyd Anderson, Siobhán Cullen, Megan Cusack, Peter Daly, Rachel Feeney, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, Helen Norton, John Olohan and Marty Rea.

Galway ensemble includes: Peter Shine, Séamus Hughes, Delia Keane, Mary McHugh, Seán T. O’Meallaigh, Michael Rooney and Ambre Shoneff.

Director Garry Hynes, Set & Costume Designer Francis O’Connor, Costume Co-Designer Doreen McKenna, Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls, Sound Designer Gregory Clarke, Movement David Bolger, Music Conor Linehan, Assistant Costume Designer Clíodhna Hallissey.

The Cherry Orchard

22 February - 7 March


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