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Dominic Rowan for The Cherry Orchard

First Published 2 July 2014, Last Updated 2 July 2014

Dominic Rowan will return to the Young Vic this autumn to star in Katie Mitchell’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

Adapted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, the classic tale focuses on a family as they tremble on the brink of seismic social changes and an old world order threatens to crumble around them.

Rowan was last seen on stage at the Young Vic in another of Stephens’ adaptations, A Doll’s House, which played two critically acclaimed runs at the venue before transferring to the West End. The actor, who is also set to appear in Medea at the National Theatre this summer, will play Alexander Lopakhin in the new English language version, which plays from 10 October to 29 November.

Rowan is joined in the cast by Kate Duchêne, Angus Wright, Gawn Grainger and Paul Hilton. Duchêne has worked extensively with Mitchell at the National Theatre, appearing in productions of Hansel And Gretel, A Woman Killed With Kindness and Beauty And The Beast. Wright, also a regular collaborator with Mitchell, has starred in the director’s productions of The Cat In The Hat at the Young Vic, Wastwater at the Royal Court, and Chekhov’s Three Sisters and The Seagull at the National Theatre.

Their co-star Grainger can currently be seen in the National Theatre production of A Small Family Business, while Hilton, who appeared at the South Bank venue in Mitchell’s Three Sisters, returns to the Young Vic following his performance in The Daughter In Law.

Completing the cast of The Cherry Orchard is Natalie Klamar, Sarah Malin, Tom Mothersdale, Sarah Ridgeway, Hugh Skinner and Catrin Stewart.

Chekhov’s tragicomedy about a family intent on resisting the loss of their ancestral home will open in the Young Vic’s main house following Benedict Andrews’ highly anticipated production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson, which plays from 23 July to 6 September.


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