A new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s modern classic The Cherry Orchard is set for the fall under the auspices of the Roundabout Theatre Company, with Diane Lane starring as family matriarch Mme. Ranevskaya. The 1904 play, which Chekhov famously characterized as a comedy, is being newly adapted by Stephen Karam and tells the story of an extended family confronting the passage of time and, more importantly, of its estate, from gentility into an uncertain future. His play The Humans moved to Broadway this season after its premiere at the Roundabout, and is one of the most acclaimed dramas of the season. National Theatre associate director Simon Godwin is directing.
Lane (Trumbo, Unfaithful) has a long and varied stage career in addition to her work on film and television. This production marks for her a return of sorts: At age 12 she played a child in the ensemble of Andrei Serban’s landmark Broadway staging of The Cherry Orchard at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, in a production that starred Irene Worth as Ranevskaya and Raúl Juliá as her unlikely nemesis, Lopakhin. (Meryl Streep also had a star-making role in the cast.) The new production is slated to begin performances on September 15 and open October 16 at the non-profit’s American Airlines Theatre in Times Square. Casting and other creatives will will be announced soon.