Comic and tragic in equal measure, The Cherry Orchard follows a Russian landowner, Ranevskaya, who returns to the family estate only to find it's been put up for auction. Written in 1903, the play offers a commentary on the socio-economic changes sweeping across Russia at the turn of the century, including the abolition of serfdom, the fall of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle class.McKellen will play the part of the ageing, eccentric manservant Firs who embodies the country's former, fading ideologies. Annis plays the focal Ranevskaya and Seagrove her brother Gayev.
On his roles in both Hamlet and The Cherry Orchard, McKellen said: 'I’ve acted in both these masterpieces before – and seen them scores of times. They are in that select group of classic plays which bear, even demand, a regular look, even reappraisal, by actors, directors, producers – and audiences.'
|What||The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor|
|Where||Theatre Royal Windsor , 32 Thames Street , Windsor , SL4 1PS | MAP|
10 Sep 21 – 23 Oct 21, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£25 - £75|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|