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Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard

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  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521533300

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  • Chekhov's masterpiece, about a Russian family losing its ancestral home, combines a lament for a vanishing past with a hopeful dream of the future. In the century since its first performance, The Cherry Orchard has undergone a wide range of conflicting interpretations: tragic and comic, naturalistic and symbolic, reactionary and radical. Beginning with the 1904 premiere at Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theatre, this study traces the performance history of one of the landmark plays of the modern theatre. Considering the work of such directors as Anatoly Efros, Giorgio Strehler, Peter Brook, and Peter Stein, Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard explores the way different artists, periods and cultures have reinvented Chekhov's poignant comedy of failure and hope.

    • Chapters focus on important productions from different eras in the play's history
    • Examines the text of the play from a performance perspective
    • Introduces the reader to conflicting interpretations of the play, considering a wide range of directors
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    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521533300
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Cherry Orchard: text and performance
    2. The Moscow Art Theatre production, 1904
    3. Russian and Soviet performances, 1904–53
    4. The Cherry Orchard in English: early productions
    5. The Cherry Orchard at mid-century: Barrault, Saint-Denis, Strehler
    6. Radical revisions, 1975–7
    7. Brook and Stein, 1981–97
    8. The Cherry Orchard after one hundred years
    Works cited.

  • Author

    James N. Loehlin, University of Texas, Austin
    James N. Loehlin is currently Director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program at the University of Texas, and is a recipient of the Harry Ransom Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts. He is the editor of Romeo and Juliet in the Cambridge Shakespeare in Production series (2002), and of Henry V (Shakespeare in Performance, 1996).

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