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The Cherry Orchard (tg STAN, Belgium): Oct 7 – 10, OReilly Theatre

tg STAN present The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov image credit Koen Broos

'It is rare to see theatre this fine and simple.' - Bergensavisen on ‘A Doll’s House’

tg STAN have been creating work together since they graduated in the late 1980s and have earned an international reputation for their lucid interpretations of classic and contemporary texts. They make their festival debut this year with a new production of Chekhov’s final and most enigmatic play, The Cherry Orchard.

More than a century after it premiered, this story of a once wealthy family’s struggle to hold on to their property still resonates with audiences. Will the family be able to raise the money to clear their debts? Or will their home, and its cherry orchard of fond childhood memory, be razed to the ground to make way for a property development?

The Cherry Orchard has left an indelible mark on the history of theatre. The question of its meaning has preoccupied generations of artists: Is it comedy or tragedy? Poetry or drama? Prophecy or social lament?

Joined by nine guest performers, tg STAN offer their interpretation of the finest minds in world literature.

Cast and Creative Team:

  • Created by and with Evelien Bosmans, Evgenia Brendes, Robby Cleiren, Jolente De Keersmaeker, Lukas De Wolf, Bert Haelvoet, Minke Kruyver, Scarlet Tummers, Rosa Van Leeuwen, Stijn Van Opstal, Frank Vercruyssen
  • Lighting Design: Thomas Walgrave
  • Costume Design: An d’Huys
  • Set Design: in collaboration with Damiaan De Schrijver


★★★★ 'a wonderful production of Chekhov’s last play' 'a wonderful example of TG STAN’s belief in the 'living' power of theatre' - Examiner.com

★★★★ 'tg STAN’s interpretation of Chekov’s canonical work broke new ground for its conceptual approach, liveliness and originality' - The Reviews Hub

"With a fragile beauty ‘The Cherry Orchard’ sketches an almost poetic picture of human experience. Rather than the stuff of great story lines, this is something that can be observed in all its facets. The result is a large-scale ramble with a sense of the bottomlessness of trivial details and the confounding repercussion of the insignificant.” (Maarten Luyten, Cutting Edge, May 21th 2015)

"Rarely have I attended such a well-thought-out and dazzling staging of Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard. An impressionistic version almost of a typical Chekhov story.” (Els Van Steenberghe, Focus Knack, May 26th 2015)

"The Cherry Orchard is not a costume drama. STAN puts the classic through a postmodern mincing machine, and the result is a well-known but delightful farce, though one that preserves the essence of this Chekhov. Should we complain or clap when they chop down the cherry trees?” (Sam Rijnders, Veto, May 17 2015)

"STAN’s Cherry Orchard is often both incredibly witty and sad. The group knows its Russians.” (Karin Veraart, De Volkskrant, May 18th 2015)

Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldearts (Brussels), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Théâtre de la Colline (Paris), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (Bordeaux), Le Bateau Feu (Dunkerque), Théâtre de Nîmes, Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse). Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.


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