Roundabout Theatre Company has announced additional casting for Stephen Karam’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, which will arrive on Broadway this fall under the direction of Simon Godwin.
As previously reported, veteran Broadway, Hollywood and TV actress Diane Lane will play prima donna Ranevskaya in the adaptation by Tony-winning playwright Karam (The Humans, Sons of the Prophet). It will be a homecoming of sorts for Lane, who made her Broadway debut in 1977 playing a child in a revival of the modern classic that starred Irene Worth (with Meryl Streep playing the maid).
Lane will be joined by the newly announced Joel Grey (Cabaret, Wicked), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tavi Gevinson (The Crucible), John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Harold Perrineau (Lost, Zero Dark Thirty) and Tina Benko with Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis. Additional casting will be announced soon.
Gevinson will be Anya with Glover as Gaev, Keenan-Bolger as Varya, Perrineau as Lopakhin and Grey as Firs.
The Cherry Orchard will begin previews September 15 and open October 16 for a limited engagement through December 4 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Following his recent success with The Humans, Pulitzer Prize finalist Karam returns to Roundabout Theatre Company with this new interpretation, which will be directed by Godwin, who makes his Broadway debut following two acclaimed productions at the National Theatre in London.
Roundabout describes the play as “Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. First produced in Moscow in 1904, Roundabout’s new adaptation promises to breathe fresh life into this towering tale.”
Tickets are available by calling (212) 719-1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org and in person at any Roundabout box office.