The Cherry Orchard

Arranged by Elisabeth Plessen
German by Ulrike Zemme

The next piece I'm going to write will definitely be funny, very funny, at least in plan.
Anton Chekhov

The widowed noblewoman Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya returns with her daughter to her Russian estate, which is surrounded by a magnificent cherry orchard, after a long stay in France. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the cherry blossom and the childhood memories connected with it, Ranevskaya does not want to admit the high indebtedness of the estate and the threat of forced sale. The merchant Lopachin of all people, the son of a former serf who grew up on the estate, wants to save the old property.

Program and cast

Director: Amélie Niermeyer
Stage design: Stefanie Seitz
Costumes: Annelies Vanlaere
Music: Imre Lichtenberger Bozoki
Dramaturgy: Silke Ofner
Light: Emmerich Steigberger

Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya, a landowner: Sona MacDonald
Anja, her daughter, 17 years old: Gioia Osthoff
Warja, her adopted daughter, 24 years old: Silvia Meisterle
Leonid Andrejewitsch Gajew, Ranjewskajas brother: Götz Schulte
Jermolaj Alexejewitsch Lopachin, a merchant: Raphael von Bargen
Pyotor Sergeyevich Trofimov, a student: Nikolaus Barton
Boris Borisovich Simeonov-Pishchik, a landowner: Peter Scholz
Charlotta Ivanovna, a governess: Alexander Absenger
Semyon Panteleyevich Yepichodov, an office clerk: Igor Karbus
Dunyasha, a maid: Alma Hasun
Firs, a servant, an old man of 87 years: Otto Schenk
Jascha, a young servant: Claudius von Stolzmann
Musician: Ian Fisher

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The Theater in der Josefstadt is a theater in Vienna in the eighth district of Josefstadt. It was founded in 1788 and is the oldest still performing theater in Vienna. It is often referred to colloquially as simply Die Josefstadt.

Following remodeling and rebuilding in 1822 — celebrated by the performance of the overture Die Weihe des Hauses ('Consecration of the House') by Beethoven — opera was staged there including Meyerbeer and Wagner. From 1858 onwards the theatre gave up opera and instead concentrated on straight theatre and comedy.

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