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The fall of the cherry trees

The Rialto theatre in Limassol will give audience members a chance to watch a performance of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov as performed at the Moscow Art Theatre on Thursday.

The play – the last one written by the Russian playwright – concerns itself with an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. The family leaves the estate to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down.

Chekhov uses the characters and the circumstances in the play to comment on the socio-economic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. He especially focuses on the rise of the middle class and the downfall of the aristocracy.

This performance is directed by Adolf Shapiro, who wishes to show audiences that the longer we live, the more we realise that society is impractical and senseless. Therefore, this production, with Renata Litvinova, Andrei Smolyakov, Nikolai Chindyaykin et al, shows us the absurd, fragile beauty of senseless impracticality.

The Cherry Orchard
Performance of the play by Anton Chekhov by the Moscow Art Theatre. May 26. Rialto theatre, Limassol. 7pm. €18/13. In Russian with Greek subtitles. Tel: 77-777745

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