MIRACLE Theatre returns to Maumbury Rings in Dorchester on Friday 13th July, with the 2018 production, a new version of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, and if you can’t get to Maumbury Rings, The Cherry Orchard will also be at The Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on Wednesday 18th July, and at three Artsreach performances, at Springhead, Fontmell Magna on Thursday 2nd August, Sandfor Orcas on the following night and in the atmospheric setting of Kimmeridge Bay on Saturday 4th August.
Described as a bittersweet comedy, it follows the fortunes of a once-wealthy family whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. Alive with brilliantly observed characters, struggling to adapt to an uncertain and rapidly-changing world, the story resonates with today’s concerns about disappearing ways of life.
“It may not seem an obvious choice for a Miracle summer show”, says director Bill Scott. “There are people who think of it as a ‘serious’ play, but the chances are they haven’t actually seen it – or maybe they read it at school or sat through a version inspired by the original ‘doom-laden’ interpretation by the Moscow Arts Theatre in 1903, which Chekhov himself hated. He complained that he had written a comedy – “in places even a farce!”
Miracle’s adaptation honours Chekhov’s original intentions. To achieve this the company has assembled a talented team, blessed with great comic talent. Miracle regulars Ben Dyson and Ben Kernow are joined by newcomers, Jill Greenacre, Louise Mellor and Rose McPhilemy, with a welcome return from Dan Richards.
For more details of the Dorchester performance, phone 01305 266926, or visit the website, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk For the Artsreach August shows, visit www.artsreach.co.uk