A major new production of Chekhov’s final play comes to The REP this Autumn.

Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Madame Ranevskaya, a once wealthy landowner returns home almost impoverished after five years abroad. Her vast and beautiful cherry orchard is to be sold off against her crippling debts. Struggling with the uncomfortable reality of the present, Ranevskaya ignores the insistent warnings and advice of Lopakhin, a peasant’s son turned wealthy businessman, and instead seeks solace in the past.

But more than the family estate is at risk in the shifting world Ranevskaya finds at home. In the words of Trofimov the eternal student who hopes to inherit the future, “the whole world of Russia is our orchard”.

This new production stars Josie Lawrence as Madame Ranevskaya in Tom Stoppard’s brilliant version of Chekhov’s last work – a play that provides a glimpse into the slow rolling change that culminated in the Russian revolution of 1917.

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  • Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP, West Midlands, England
  • The main auditorium at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

  • Box Office: 0121 236 4455
  • Phone: 0121 245 2000
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Going to see this on a school trip! Can't wait! Been studying the play in Drama and Theatre Studies and sound like its going to be a very good play. Obviously its going to be good, its got Josie Lawrence in it! See you soon.

I was lucky enough to be able to book tickets for my friend and I for the first night of this new production. It was really fantastic. I have seen a few versions of The Cherry Orchard before due to the fact that I used to work in another Birmingham Theatre, and so I was a little apprehensive as quite frankly I hadn't enjoyed those other productions. This production however was an absolute delight with good performances from every member of the cast. It was my first visit to the Rep as a member of the audience although I have walked on the stage there once before. It certainly will not be my last visit to what is a fantastic theatre with friendly, kind and helpful staff and a wonderful layout. This theatre is a real gem in the heart of Birmingham and this new production of The Cherry Orchard is a real gem of a play which I and my friend thoroughly enjoyed.

Could you please let me know how long the play 'the cherry orchard' is for please, as I want to book a table for dinner afterwards


Fantastic as always! An absolute must see! Very emotive, stunning scenery, tremendous acting and a fabulous night out! Thank you so much!

I invited three friends to join me for a matinee of 'The Cherry Orchard' which we all enjoyed greatly. The whole company were brilliant and we loved the characters, set, conjuring, everything. The old retainer, forgotten, quietly lying down at the end was so touching.
After the performance I realised how ignorant I am of Russian drama and culture. One of my friends had read a lot about the life of the time, another had studied history at Birmingham University and the youngest of us had a Russian O level and knew the lay from school.
An entertaining and enriching afternoon - many thanks to all involved!

Beautifully put together

Wanted to ask if "The Cherry Orchard" will be out on DVD ? Does anyone know ? Sadly had no chance to see the lovely Josie Lawrence and Anthony Flanagan.
Thank´s for your reply :-)