Kensington Swan season of

The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov

12 JUN - 26 JUN 2018 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company




“If we’re going to change the world, we need to take responsibility for the things that have happened in our past.”

The Gayev family are sociable, intelligent, caring and hopelessly in debt. Unless they can find the funds, their huge estate, including its much-loved cherry orchard, will go to a mortgagee auction. The entrepreneurial son of their ex-farmhand offers them a solution, but they baulk at his proposal. Racked by indecision and unable to comprehend the huge social changes on the horizon, they spend one last summer on their beautiful country property, conjuring memories of the past to mask their fears of the future.

Anton Chekhov remains one of the world’s greatest and most compassionate playwrights. His final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard, is a tragicomedy: a laughter-through-tears tale told by sad clowns and self-made men. Though it premiered in pre-revolution Russia, its prophetic passion and intimations of the social upheaval to come have a striking resonance for a modern audience in times of change.

Bask in the timely and timeless brilliance of this immortal theatre classic.

What’s past is prologue. Make a date with history and book now!


Anton Chekhov


Dates &

Tue 12 Jun 7:00 PM

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Wed 13 Jun 7:00 PM

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Thu 14 Jun 8:00 PM

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Fri 15 Jun 8:00 PM

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Sat 16 Jun 8:00 PM

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Tue 19 Jun 7:00 PM

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Wed 20 Jun 7:00 PM

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Thu 21 Jun 8:00 PM

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Fri 22 Jun 8:00 PM

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Sat 23 Jun 2:00 PM

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Sat 23 Jun 8:00 PM

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Sun 24 Jun 4:00 PM

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Tue 26 Jun 7:00 PM

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Preview/Matinee $30 - $52

Premiere $30 - $62

Standard $30 - $67

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Special Events

Backstage Story

Monday 28 May, 6:30pm | Meet the play’s cast and creative team to find out how they are approaching the show. Presented at ATC Studios, 487 Dominion Road.

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Sunday 24 Jun, 2:45pm (4.00pm show) | Come along and mingle with like-minded theatregoers and gain a deeper understanding of the context of the play at EAT/TALK/PLAY. These events include a seat at our pre-show talk in the Villa Maria Gallery 75 minutes prior to the performance, as well as a show programme and afternoon tea with coffee, tea and a glass of wine. A booking for the event is required. Food and beverage packages are $15.

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