National Theatre’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ to play in cinemas

Here’s another highly praised stage production coming to movie theaters — and another one coming to movie theaters that are not near here.

(Which leads me to the rant: What is wrong with the movie theaters in the Orlando area? Why can’t they devote one screen one night every few months to something I want to see?)

Anyway, here’s the news about The National Theatre’s Cherry Orchard:

On June 30, National Theatre Live will broadcast a live performance of the acclaimed production of
Directed by Howard Davies
Starring Zoë Wanamaker

The broadcasts will be shown on screens throughout the U.S. with encore showings in most markets.

“Wonderfully fresh, funny and deeply felt. One of the finest ensembles I have ever seen at the National.”
– Daily Telegraph

National Theatre Live completes its acclaimed second season with Howard Davies’ production of The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Andrew Upton, starring Zoë Wanamaker.  National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world.

In the New York City area, screenings continue at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), NYU’s Skirball Center, City Cinema 123, Kew Gardens Cinema, Fairfield University (CT), the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) and more.

The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the United States including the newly added Music Box Theater in Chicago & Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, Amherst Cinema in MA, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, SIFF Cinema in Seattle, and many more.

For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:

Set at the very start of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard captures a poignant moment in Russia’s history as the country rolls inexorably towards 1917. Ranyevskaya returns more or less bankrupt after ten years abroad.  Luxuriating in her fading moneyed world and regardless of the increasingly hostile forces outside, she and her brother snub the lucrative scheme of Lopakhin, a peasant turned entrepreneur, to save the family estate. In so doing, they put up their lives to auction and seal the fate of the beloved orchard.


Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.

Following The Cherry Orchard, season three of NT Live will launch on Thursday, September 15, 2011 with Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden.

NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. (

2 responses to “National Theatre’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ to play in cinemas

  1. I completely agree! Why is it that we always get the really cool movies last? 😦