The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov
Elmo Nüganen

What was the price of the cherry orchard? Anton Chekhov’s sad comedy.

The Cherry Orchard, written a little more than a year before the extensive rebellion against czarist Russia began in 1905, is the very last, and one of the best known plays by Chekhov. In his own polyphonic style, the playwright gives a voice to a family living in the wind of change, creating a bitter, yet comical masterpiece.

The year 1898. After the death of his alcoholic husband and the tragic drowning of his seven year old son that followed only a month later, Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya sets out to Europe, leaving her twelve-year-old daughter Anya and nineteen-year-old stepdaughter Varia behind to their home estate. Ranevskaya’s abandoned lover also leaves Russia to go and find her, and together they live a life of luxury in a villa Ranevskaya bought in the French Riviera with the money she got from mortgaging her estate. When they run out of money, the lover leaves her for another woman. Ranevskaya makes a failed attempt of suicide. Her daughter Anya, now seventeen, travels to France and brings her mother back to Russia. After five years of absence, Ranevskaya revisits her childhood home and the cherry orchard …


2018 Sandra Uusberg – Tallinn City Theatre’s colleague award for best actress
2018 Kaspar Velberg – Tallinn City Theatre’s colleague award for best actor
2018 Alo Kõrve – Tallinn City Theatre’s colleague award for best actor


Anton Chekhov


Elmo Nüganen

Translated by

Ernst Raudsepp and Toomas Kall

Stage design by

Reinis Suhanovs (Latvia)

Costume design by

Reet Aus

Lighting design by

Kevin Wyn-Jones

Composed by

Jaak Jürisson

Music design by

Riina Roose


9. December 2017


Hell Theatre


3 hours 10 minutes (with intermission), in two acts