A new literal translation by Patrick Miles

In a world on the edge of change, a family struggles to come to terms with the threatened sale of their home – their Cherry Flower Estate.

After five years away Ranyévskaya has returned from Paris penniless. Her family dream of planned marriages, bank loans and asking distant relatives for financial help to save their estate, while a local friend and businessman proposes cutting down the orchard to build luxury villas and holiday homes.

Dreams are formed, new futures are drawn up and love and friendship offered, while the auction date moves ever closer.

In the 100th year since the play was performed in London and following on from 150th Anniversary of Anton Chekhov’s birth, GREY SWAN brings together an ensemble company to explore a new and poetic literal translation of his final masterpiece.

Creative Team

Directed by Timothy Stubbs Hughes. Designed by Gabriela Restelli. Lighting by Josh Yard. Sound by Millie Cook.

Cast: Francis Adams. Blake Askew. Jessica Dennis. Donal Cox. Alexandra B. Harris. Joanne Gale. James McNeill. Dan Paton. Maggie Robson.. Katerina Stearman. Tony Wredden. Aqil Zahid.

Dates

2–26 February 2011 at the White Bear Theatre, London.

Reviews

“A great night out in a great venue.” Extra! Extra!

“…the rewards take the form of painstaking, believable characterisation that drives home meaning.” The Stage

“Many may find this production an exhilarating adaptation, as its’ subtle but powerful performances combined with fluid direction make for an authentically Chekhovian production.” Extra! Extra!

“Grey Swan’s production, using a ‘literal translation’ of the text, powerfully captures what makes this play so quintessentially Chekhovian” 4 stars – Fringe Review

“…a bold artistic choice, and one that makes for an exciting rendition. It is well worth seeing.” 4 stars – Fringe Review

“…designer Gabriela Restelli’s effective, minimalist cherry trees” The Stage

“…all characters get their chance to voice their opinions, and it is nice to see a production so willing to delve into the depth of angles this play has to offer.” 4 stars – Fringe Review

“Grey Swan’s production, using a ‘literal translation’ of the text, powerfully captures what makes this play so quintessentially Chekhovian” 4 stars – Fringe Review

“Each character in the production is truly embodied by the cast and there is a sincerity and authenticity to their speech and movements.” Extra! Extra!

“Timothy Stubbs Hughes’ direction is ultimately effective and his control, vision and authority is clearly felt in this production.” Extra! Extra!

“The set designed by Gabriela Restelli is at once both old and new.” Extra! Extra!

“…this genre-bending play becomes a tragedy with a dash of comedy on the side.” Extra! Extra!

“Maggie Robson playing Ranyevskaya, the axis around which everything revolves, has an emotional range that can be truly appreciated in the intimate setting offered by the White Bear Theatre. Her performance is at once powerful yet vulnerable and she is masterful in her projection of the wilful ignorance and frantic procrastination of her character.” Extra! Extra!

“Paton is a wonderful talent and his commitment to his character is at times simply astounding – he inhabits Trofimov and relishes in the weighty and unequivocal ideological discussion in the play.” Extra! Extra!

“…Maggie Robson is a highly emotional Ranyevskaya, childlike in her affections and defined as much by her opposites as by herself.” The Stage

“Also worthy of mention is Katerina Stearman who brings a charm to the acerbic Varya. Often in emotional turmoil while on stage, Katerina manages to bring a level of control to her performance that is highly impressive for her first theatre production since her training.” Extra! Extra!

“…all parts are exceptionally well performed, with nary a weak link to be seen: Francis Adams in particular impresses as Lopakhin, as does Katerina Stearman as Varya.” 4 stars – Fringe Review