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The Cherry Orchard

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A Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production

The tide of change is coming. Madam Ranyevskaya's liberal world of privilege and pleasure is beginning to show cracks, but she and her family live on in denial.

Lopakhin wants to rescue Ranyevskaya. The hard-working son of one of her family's serfs, his new-found wealth can offer shelter and security to the woman he has loved since boyhood, but it will come at a high price.

Meanwhile, revolution hangs in the air, the poor and hungry are pushing at the doors, and the tutor Trofimov predicts a tumultuous change for everybody.

Chekhov's final masterpiece is full of wild humour and piercing sadness in this fresh, funny and honest new translation by award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey. A portrait of changing times, it maps the building tensions between the desperate longing to hold onto what is familiar and the restless lure of the new. A civilised and complacent culture is on the brink of collapse...

Michael Boyd, lauded former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was a trainee director in Moscow at the start of his career, and only now directs his first Chekhov play. With a unique ‘in the round' design created by Tom Piper (designer of the poppy installation at the Tower of London in 2014), the theatre will be transformed into a full circle of seating allowing audiences to experience every part of this rich and rewarding masterpiece up-close and from every angle.

Kirsty Bushell (King Lear, Chichester Festival Theatre; Antigone, Barbican) and Jude Owusu (A Tale of Two Cities, Regent's Park; Julius Caesar, RSC) lead the ensemble in this vivid new production.

Unmissable culture of 2018"


Two Cherry Orchard cast members, Verity and Rosy, are both proud recipients of the Peter O'Toole Prize, a vital funded opportunity for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates to be employed by Bristol Old Vic.

This is a long and important tradition and we invite you to upgrade your ticket in support of the initiative.

For an additional £10, you will receive our thankyou of a limited-edition Peter O'Toole postcard and a glass of white wine pre-show, one of Peter's favourite tipples.

The additional proceeds from premium tickets will be used to support the future of the O'Toole Prize.

The Cherry Orchard

1 Mar - 7 Apr
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Selected Thu & Sat mats)

Running Time TBC

Creative Team
Writer Anton Chekhov
Rory Mullarkey
Michael Boyd
Tom Piper

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Access Performances 

Signed performance Sat 24 Mar, 2.30pm
Captioned performance Sat 31 Mar, 2.30pm
Please note the Captioned performance date is listed incorrectly in our Year of Change brochure. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Audio described performance Sat 7 Apr, 2.30pm with touch tour 12.30 midday

Ticket Offers

Groups of 10+ £4 off all ticket prices (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 20+ £4 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)
Groups of 50+ £7 off all ticket prices, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eves)

£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Friends of Bristol Old Vic
25% off tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per friend

In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our Front of House entrance on King Street into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day-Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our temporary Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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