Cherry Orchard Previews At Sheffield Theatre

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The last main house production in a season of unparalleled success, THE CHERRY ORCHARD is open through 7 April, 2007, at Sheffield Theatre, in a magnificent new staging by award-winning director, Jonathan Miller. Returning to theatre after many years to play Madame Ranevskaya, don't miss Joanna Lumley make her Crucible debut in Chekhov's brilliant comedy of life.

Madame Ranevskaya returns from Paris as the family estate, including her beloved cherry orchard, is about to be sold to pay for mounting debts. Revelling in glories past and caught up in the extravagances of their lifestyle, the family ignore all offers of help. Funny, poignant and powerful, THE CHERRY ORCHARD captures the emotional turbulence of a family whose pride leaves them unable to adapt.

One of the nation's most enduring icons of stage and screen and star of such classic TV series as The New Avengers and Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley is joined at the Crucible by a spectacular cast, which includes Peter Eyre (Don Carlos, Crucible), Lisa Dillon (As You Like It, Iphigenia, Crucible), Tom Mannion (The Romans in Britain, Crucible) and Tobias Menzies (The History Boys, national tour).

Widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements in dramatic literature, Anton Chekov's (Uncle Vanya, The Seagull) final play will be directed by arguably one of British theatre's greatest directors, Jonathan Miller (The Merchant of Venice, starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright). -- www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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