THEATRE REVIEW: The Cherry Orchard, The Rep (Birmingham), 18/10/2010

Anton Chekhov’s play tells the story of an Aristocratic Russian Family who have returned from Paris Home to Russian in debt and their fight not to lose their Home. It includes the story of their friends and the frustrations between the family, with each family member has different ideas about where to give the little money they now have.

In general, it was a good performance, the actors brought their roles to life, the scene was set well and the production was good. However it became difficult to hear the performance at times where the actors were speaking either too quietly or unclear. There also seemed to be a lot of movement passing through the stage, characters were walking across the stage and speaking too fast so it made it difficult to know what was going on, what was the relevance of the comment made and who the characters were.

There was some moments of excellence, this was particularly obvious in the portrayal of Varya, (the step-daughter) who made her character real.

If you have a spare night and don’t really mind what you go see, The Cherry Orchard is a performance for you.

Worth a watch for those who enjoy period drama’s and simple, uncomplicated stories.

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Eleni Kypridemos

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