The 10 Selected Productions

Der Kirschgarten [The Cherry Orchard]

By Anton Chekhov
German version by Elisabeth Plessen
based on a translation by Ulrike Zemme

Schauspiel Köln

Premiere 14 January 2011
Der Kirschgarten [The Cherry Orchard]

Der Kirschgarten. Lena Schwarz, Charly Hübner

© Sebastian Hoppe

  • 2h, without interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Audience discussion Tue 10 May 23:10
Moderation Barbara Burckhardt

Chekhov’s bankrupt Russian society ducks and dives in a gymnastic whirlwind in Karin Henkel’s production: the storm of change is looming and poised to flatten the old cherry orchard; but no-one can or wants to recognize the end which has been caused by their own debts. Instead they create more hot air themselves. Henkel’s characters are like acrobats, jugglers and clowns, sweeping their way through a circus ring whose black earth is burnt to a cinder, but on which they dance like a volcano. There is a great deal of bitter tragedy in this troupe’s nostalgic and escapist pursuit of amusement rather than the customary Chekhovian melancholy. These fun seekers party on until they lose consciousness. Their crashes are deeply sad and depressing. Lena Schwarz as the skittish disastrous woman-child Ranyevskaya and Charly Hübner as the shirt-sleeved visionary Lopachin need not fear comparison with their illustrious predecessors. With an excellent cast, Henkel achieves a thrillingly playful genuine interpretation of a classic, a rare achievement.

Vasco Boenisch


Directed by Karin Henkel
Stage Design Kathrin Frosch
Costume Design Nina von Mechow
Music Cornelius Borgolte
Lighting Design Hartmut Litzinger
Dramaturgy Rita Thiele

Lena Schwarz Lubov Andreyevna Ranevsky
Marie Rosa Tietjen Anya, her daughter
Lina Beckmann Varya
Matthias Bundschuh Leonid Andreyevitch Gaev
Charly Hübner Ermolai Alexeyevitch Lopakhin
Jan-Peter Kampwirth Peter Sergeyevitch Trofimov
Michael Weber Boris Borisovitch Simeonov-Pischick
Brigitte Cuvelier Charlotta
Yorck Dippe Simeon Panteleyevitch Yepikhodov
Laura Sundermann Dunyasha
Jean Chaize Fiers
Maik Solbach Yasha

Musicians Henning Beckmann, Michael Lücker