Page extent: 96
ISBN: 9781786823045
Binding: Paperback

The Cherry Orchard

Gary Owen

Paperback (13 Oct 2017)

Pembrokeshire, 1982. Things are going to change.

This radical reworking of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard places the action in early 80s Wales, at the dawn of another revolution – the Thatcher regime. 

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781786823045
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 96


'Gary Owen’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is a gloriously inventive reimagining that wrings the grief from the original, transforming it into a gently heartbreaking study of landscape and loss.' The Stage ★★★★

'Owen, who describes his play as “a reimagining”, cherry picks what is useful to him from the original. There are many parallels and recognisable characters... The play is as sharp as an axe when it comes to interrogating class, money and social mobility... The piece is brilliant in exploring grief and the way it paralyses. This is a house full of ghosts... Anyone wedded to samovars and birch trees may find themselves discombobulated, but just as Simon Stone’s Yerma reinvented Lorca, so Owen keeps the spirit if not every letter of Chekhov alive... as the evening unfolds something interesting happens: instead of seeing the characters through the nostalgic haze of history, we see them in all their warty, painful complexity so that sometimes they are victims of changing times, and at others they are merely victims of their own stupidity, privilege or small-mindedness. I spent the entire evening lurching between sympathy and open-mouthed outrage at their behaviour. You really do come to both love and hate them: a testament to the writing, direction and a quality ensemble... together, they ensure that the century-old Cherry Orchard flowers again.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian ★★★★