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The Cherry Orchard

  • Theatre, Drama
  • The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick
The Cherry Orchard, Yard Theatre, 2022
Photo by Yard Theatre

Time Out says

Anton Chekhov’s immortal play, relocated… to space!

The title tells you that you’re getting a version of Anton Chekhov’s immortal play ‘The Cherry Orchard’ – and the title is right! What it doesn’t tell you is that Vinay Patel’s all-Asian cast adaptation of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ is a sci-fi set in space. It follows the crew of Captain Ramesh’s spaceship – all of whom were born on said vessel, as were their parents, and their parents before them – as they finally happen across a habitable planet to colonise, in what should be the culmination of their generations-long quest for a new home. But not everyone wants to leave the ship.

Heavyweight James Macdonald is by far the biggest directing name to ever helm a show at the hip but perennially up-and-coming Yard: co-produced with Manchester’s HOME and English Touring Theatre, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ is the highest-profile show in the Hackney Wick theatre’s existence, just before it moves to a bigger new building. It’s kind of a shame the Yard is growing up. And yet the combination of Russian melancholy and science fiction feels very, very Yard.


The Yard Theatre
Unit 2A
Queens Yard
E9 5EN
Tube: Hackney Wick
from £14

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