Casting was announced today for groundbreaking director Katie Mitchell’s The Cherry Orchard in a new English language version by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.
Katie Mitchell returns to the Young Vic for the first time in four years to direct the fifth and final of Chekhov’s great plays following Uncle Vanya at the Young Vic, and Three Sisters, Ivanov and The Seagull at the NT. The cast includes:
Kate Duchêne as Lyubov Ranevskaya. Her past roles for Katie Mitchell include Hansel and Gretel, A Woman Killed With Kindness, Beauty and the Beast, Women of Troy, Attempts on Her Life, Waves, Iphigenia at Aulis (National Theatre). Other stage roles include The Cherry Orchard, Faust, The Country Wife, Murder in the Cathedral, Richard III (RSC); Small Craft Warning, The Herbal Bed (West End).
Dominic Rowan returns to the Young Vic to play Alexander Lopakhin. He appeared in Katie Mitchell’s production of After Dido (Young Vic/ENO) at the theatre in 2009, and played Torvald Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed staging of A Doll’s House which played two seasons at the Young Vic before transferring into the West End and on to BAM in New York. Theatre audiences will see him next in Cracknell’s production of Medea at the National Theatre. Other past stage credits include Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike (Royal Court), Henry VIII (Globe), The Misanthrope (West End) and The Spanish Tragedy (Arcola).
Angus Wright plays Gaev. His last appearance at the Young Vic was in Katie Mitchell’s sold-out children’s show The Cat in the Hat. He has performed in Katie’s productions of Wastwater (Royal Court); The Seagull, Dream Play, Three Sisters and The Dybbuk at the National Theatre. Stage credits also include Privates on Parade (West End), Complicite’s The Master and Margarita and Measure for Measure, and Design for Living (Old Vic). More recently he performed in the all-male double bill of Twelfth Night and Richard III, which played on Broadway after its Globe and West End runs.
Gawn Grainger plays Firs. His extensive stage credits include 20 productions for the National Theatre including: A Small Family Business, A Woman Killed With Kindness, …some trace of her, Saturday Sunday Monday and The Seagull. Past work on stage also includes: Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Onassis (West End), The Recruiting Officer (Donmar), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Almeida) and Amy’s View (Theatre Royal Bath).
Paul Hilton returns to the Young Vic to play Peter Trofimov. He was last on stage at the theatre in David Lan’s production of The Daughter in Law. Stage work also includes Rufus Norris’ The Table (NT) and Dr Dee (ENO); Doctor Faustus (Globe); Howard Davies’ The President of an Empty Room and Mourning Becomes Electra (NT); Katie Mitchell’s Three Sisters (NT); Michael Grandage’s The Wild Duck (Donmar).
The cast also includes:
The Cherry Orchard begins 10 October. Tickets from £10 for all performances. Book now at youngvic.org.