Canceled: A. Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard" 

Cherry Orchard Festival

As a result of COVID-19, Cherry Orchard Festival has made the decision to cancel the US Tour of the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre — including the June 20 and 21, 2020 performances of The Cherry Orchard at the Harris Theater — to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The tour will not be rescheduled at this time. All ticket holders will be refunded to their original form of purchase in the next 7–14 days.


Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre
The Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Vladimir Mirzoev

Cherry Orchard Festival presents Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre “The Cherry Orchard" by A. Chekhov.

"VISUALLY STRIKING, PSYCHOLOGICALLY NUANCED AND HYPNOTICALLY PERFORMED RUSSIAN STAGING OF CHEKHOV’S PLAY" — The Stage (UK)

"THE COSTUMES ARE LAVISH, THE SETS SURREAL, THE AUDIENCES RAPT" — Financial Times

After their sold-out run in US and UK in 2018, Russia’s legendary Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre makes its long awaited debut in Chicago with an award-winning production of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece — “The Cherry Orchard."

An epitome of measured elegance, Ranevskaya returns to her estate when she learns her beloved orchard is to be sold to pay off debt. Haunted by the all-too-real presence of her dead son, she and her family fail to recognize their plight, living in denial, while the world they know succumbs to the tide of transformation.

A “mystical grotesque, metaphysical thriller" (Carole Woddis), visionary Director Vladimir Mirzoev presents a play that strikes a chord with our times. While “The Cherry Orchard" embodies the spirit of Russia at the turn of the 20th century, Mirzoev’s contemporary version conveys societal collapse—recognizable in recent events. This emotional and musical production bursts with sexual energy and incredible menace, and features brilliant performances by celebrated Russian screen and stage actors: Victoria Isakova, Aleksander Petrov, Mikhail Zhigalov, and Maxim Vitorgan among others.

Please note: “The Cherry Orchard" is performed in Russian with English supertitles.

The run time of this performance is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission.

Cherry Orchard Festival, produced by the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, and co-founded by an executive producer, Maria Shclover and artistic director, Irina Shabshis, has built a solid reputation for presenting outstanding theatrical productions by international artists and ensembles to audiences across America. The team is committed to providing the finest entertainment, exceptional experiences and enlightening programs to its patrons. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the international arts and creativity, and to support global cultural activity and an exchange of ideas by showcasing the performers and stage works from around the world in the US. For more information, visit CherryOrchardFestival.org.  

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