News: Vinay Patel’s sci-fi take on The Cherry Orchard beams up its cast

The Yard Theatre, ETT and HOME co-production of The Cherry Orchard, reimagined by Vinay Patel from a translation by Helen Rappaport, has revealed its cast. In alphabetical order, James Macdonald’s production will star Chandrika Chevli, Neil D’Souza, Aaron Gill, Anjali Jay, Samar Khan, Hari Mackinnon, Gavi Singh Chera, Maanuv Thiara and Tripti Subha Tripuraneni.

The show is playing at The Yard Theatre, London from 5 September – 22 October and HOME, Manchester from 2 – 19 November 2022. 

An old starship travels through space, almost at the speed of light, searching for a home billions of miles from earth.

Like their ancestors before them, the crew were born on this ship, this voyage is all they’ve ever known. And then—

A planet is spotted

In a habitable zone!

Imagine what we could do with the place

It’s a miracle 

But not everyone wants to see it.  

Captain Ramesh is adamant that they can’t leave— but the downdeckers are getting restless—something has to change. Will they leap into a new future, or stay stuck on this journey forever?  

Vinay Patel reimagines Chekhov’s bittersweet play for 2022 and beyond, in a world premiere production directed by James Macdonald.  

Strap in and if you hear “brace” then brace. 

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