Theatre Preview: The Cherry Orchard, 16 April – 8 May, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

4 Apr

The legend that is John Byrne (Tutti Frutti) returns to Scottish theatre this month as his brand new adaptation of Chekov’s political comedy The Cherry Orchard is given a Scottish makeover.

Relocated to northern Scotland in the late 1970s, Byrne’s play tells the story of a once-grand family brought low by the changes of time and tide.

The Ramsey-Mackays are not used to struggle, but as their debts mount and the vultures begin to circle, they must face losing their ancestral home and the cherry orchard that goes with it.

An up-and-coming young investor, Malky McCraken, is sniffing around and determined to make his name in business. But while his main target is the family estate, the charms of the family’s adopted daughter Mhairi may yet be enough to distract him.

Director Tony Cownie (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Copenhagen, Mary Rose, Vanity Fair) also returns for this new production, with a cast including Maureen Beattie, Hannah Donaldson, Lesley Hart and one of my personal favourites, Ralph Riach.

Find out more over on the Royal Lyceum’s website.

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