Onassis Cultural Center

"The Cherry Orchard" by A. Chekhov

Directed by Nikos Karathanos

22 April - 9 May 2015


“In this life, you either bend or you break”, muses Nikos Karathanos as he reads Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. In the wake of his successful staging of Peresiadis’ Golpho and Boccaccio’s Decameron, the charismatic director and actor takes on one of the most emblematic works in the world theatre repertoire. 


Chekhov’s swan song, The Cherry Orchard (1904) is a work that bids farewell to an era that has reached its end, staging a wake to see the old world off. The wonderful cherry orchard is up for auction; in denial, its owners do nothing to save it; irresponsibility and self-deception are rampant and bankruptcy is nigh.


The work’s tragi-comic protagonists never give up their struggle for a little happiness. Trapped at the mercy of an age of transition, they play the lead roles in a devastating comedy about the secret of life which poses the question: “Why so much pain beneath so much beauty?”.


“A comedy, at times a farce”, is how Chekhov described the Cherry Orchard. Nikos Karathanos and his exceptional cast undermine the stereotypes which can weigh readings of Chekhov down and approach the work as a “heretical comedy within a marvelous drama” in a production which, exuding perspicacity and a limitless sensitivity, cannot but call to mind our current era of historic transition.


Direction - Adaptation: Nikos Karathanos 

Sets and Costumes: Elli Papageorgakopoulou 

Music: Angelos Triantafyllou 

Movement: Amalia Bennett 

Lighting Design: Nikos Vlassopoulos

Adaptation: Marissa Triantafyllidou

Hair Design: Daniel Athanasiou

Assistant to the Director: Petros Georgopalis, Marissa Triantafyllidou

Assistant to the Set Designer: Evaggelia Therianou, Myrto Lamprou, Dafni Iliopoulou


With: Thanasis Alevras, Nikos Karathanos, Lena Kitsopoulou, Emily Koliandri, Giannis Kotsifas, Anastasia Konidi, Christos Loulis, Giorgos Mpiniaris, Angelos Papadimitiou, Daphne Patakia, Michalis Sarantis, Elena Topalidou, Angelos Triantafyllou, Lydia Fotopoulou, Galini Hatzipaschali et al.


Production: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens


Line Production: Yolanda Markopoulou / POLYPLANITY Productions