Duration: two hours and 25 minutes with interval
With his company, the British Complicité, international in both spirit and name, Simon McBurney staged a classic edition of the “blackest” of Shakespeare’s comedies, Measure for measure and a masterpiece of imagination, sensitivity and extraordinary mastery of the theatre such as A Disappearing Number, dedicated to the tragic story of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
For this production in Dutch with the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam Company, McBurney chose The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov's work in which he manages to portray the painful suffering of a social class which lives in the illusion of a glorious past without understanding that life - and history - have moved on.
This is the destiny of the widow Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya, who returns to Russia after having spent a number of years in France, where she lived a life beyond her means. On returning to the old family home, which she had left following the tragic death of her young son, she finds everything has changed for the worse. Debt has forced her relatives in Russia to put the house up for auction, together with the entire estate, including the magnificent cherry orchard. The buyer is Lopachin, the successful son of a man who in the past worked as a servant in the house. He who once had nothing will soon be the owner of it all. McBurney carries out a close examination of one of the most famous works in the international repertoire, an extraordinary and very human collection of characters, situations, emotions and feelings.
Piccolo Teatro Strehler
from 26 to 29 May 2020
Il giardino dei ciliegi
by Anton Chekhov
directed by Simon McBurney
adapted by Robert Icke
stageplay Peter van Kraaij
sets Miriam Buether
lighting Paule Constable
sound Pete Malkin
video Will Duke
with Achraf Koutet, Bart Slegers, Chris Nietvelt, Emma Josten, Eva Heijnen, Gijs Scholten van Aschat Celia Nufaar, Hugo Koolschijn, Janni Goslinga, Majd Mardo, Robert de Hoog, Steven van Watermeulen
a Internationaal Theater Amsterdam production
in coproduction with Holland Festival, Barbican Centre, Festival Printemps des Comédiens Montpellier
private producer Joachim Fleury
this project is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL
a show in Dutch with surtitles in Italian