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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov



National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: Silviu Purcărete

2 hours 30 minutes with 1 breaks.

The Cherry Orchard is the painful, moving, and at times even comic story of the auction of an old family estate. Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya comes home from Paris to deal with the fate of the land, which to her is an embodiment of her childhood. It is now little more than ruins and memories. Even newborn sentiments of love have the smell of mothballs, though they at least offer hope of survival… The play, which is the last drama by Chekhov, is an allegory for our ephemeral lives. Or is there some other way out? The absurd figures of Chekhov’s tragedy “are scattered in all directions in a world which is falling apart.” As critic George Banu has written, The Cherry Orchard “is not simply about the inevitable crossing from one world into another, but also about the inability to adapt, which figures as a kind of passive resistance, and the almost unspoken, irrepressible rejection of any attempt to make a mockery out of the values which form the foundations of the identities of the losers.” Thus, it remains relevant to our time.

When he was already very ill, Chekhov wrote the following cautionary remarks in a letter to his wife Olga, who was playing the part of Ranevskaya: “Be very careful! You should not have a sad look on your face in any of the acts! You can be angry, but not sad! People who have grappled with sorrow for a long time and gotten used to it simply whistle and often daydream.”

The production is under the direction of Silviu Purcărete, one of the great masters of the world theater, who captivated the MITEM audience in 2017 which his adaptation of Faust and is now working together with the actors of the National Theatre for the second time

Translated by Géza Morcsányi

Mrs. Lyuba Ranevsky, landowner

Dorottya Udvaros

Anya - Ranevksy's biological daughter

Júlia Szász e.h.

Varya - Ranevksy's adopted daughter

Eszter Ács

Leonid Gayev - Ranevsky's brother

Péter Blaskó

Yermolay Lopakhin - A businessman

Attila Kristán

Peter Trofimov - A student at the local university

Roland Bordás

Boris Simeonov-Pischik - A nobleman, and fellow landowner

József Szarvas

Charlotte - Anya's governess

Nelli Szűcs

Simon Yephikodov, accountant

József Rácz

Dunyasha - A maid on the Ranevsky estate

Kinga Katona

Yasha, young manservant

Dénes Farkas

Firs - Ranevsky's eighty-seven-year-old manservant

Zsolt Trill


Alexisz Kecskés e.h.

Dániel Tar e.h.

Stage and costume designer

Buhagiar Dragoş


Şirli Vasile

Lighting designer

Helmut Stürmer


András Kozma

Stage manager

István Lencsés

Krisztián Ködmen


Anikó Sütő

Assistant director

Ágota Kolics


Silviu Purcărete

Main Stage
Silviu Purcărete

Silviu Purcărete

Silviu Purcărete was born in Bucharest. In 1974, he graduated with a degree in directing from the Bucharest University of Theatre and Film. Beginning in 1990, he garnered increasing international acclaim with his productions in the Craiova National Theatre, and he enjoyed tremendous successes at important international theatre festivals. Between 1992 and 1996, he served as the director of the Bulandra Theatre in Bucharest, and in 1996-2002 he was the head of the Theatre Centre in Limoges, where he founded the Union Theatre Academy. He directed his first film, Somewhere in Palilula, in 2010 in Romania. He has also won fame for his productions of operas, which have been performed in some of the most famous opera houses in the world. His production of Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös’ opera On Love and Other Demons (based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez) is being performed in the Hungarian State Opera House. He directed for the first time in National Theatre, Budapest in 2015, the comedy of W. Shakespeare As You Like It. This performance was received with great success at Shakespeare Festvals in Craiova and Gdansk. He has been awarded the Medal of the Romanian Order of the Star, and he was given the title of Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the Union of the Theatres of Europe since 2003. He currently lives in Paris.

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Participating countries: Algeria, France, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy, India, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Vietnam