The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Royal Exchange, Manchester. 24 & 30 April Although Rory Mullarkey's sparkling translation of The Cherry Orchard is quite clearly a labour of love, he has no qualms about describing Chekhov's final play as "weird". It's easy to see what he means. Set in a country house populated by an assortment of odds and sods, a [...]

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

HOME, Manchester. 9 November 2017. Before Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya' even gets going, characters are already mourning the loss of their youth, looks and opportunities. All gone, gone, gone. Walter Meierjohann's finely judged production creates a household awash with feelings of regret and dissatisfaction, its inhabitants searching desperately for signs of hope. A sense of place is [...]