The Cherry Orchard
The Marlowe Dramatic Society May week show presents,
“The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov
The Marlowe Dramatic society was formed by Justin Brooke (a close friend of Rupert's) in May term 1907, and Rupert Brooke played Mephistophilis in Dr Faustus, the society's very first production. We are delighted to bring this production of the cherry orchard to the gardens Rupert Brooke loved.
Madame Ranevskaya returns to her estate after five years away. Her family gathers for one last celebration before the estate, and its famed cherry orchard, must be auctioned and lost forever. But a possible solution is presented: if the family can break out of its ostentatious apathy, perhaps their orchard, and the way of life it represents, will survive the storms of change that threaten their comfortable world. The Cherry Orchard is a document of a community on the precipice of demise. Punctuated with wry comedy and tragic undertones, the play explores the endurance of relationships when faced with fragmentation.
The play will be held out side in the Orchard among the trees - a blanket or jacket may be advisable. Refreshments will be available from the Servery before the play and during the interval. There will be a selection of cakes and scones with hot or cold drinks. Alcohol can only be purchased before 8pm, so if you would like alcohol for the interval you will be able to order and pay for it in advance and collect it during the interval. You will not be able to purchase any alcohol in the interval unless it has been ordered and paid for.
On Thursday 18th, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June 2009 at 7pm
The Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester