I’d love to review Simon Stephens’ version of The Cherry Orchard at the Young Vic but Katie Mitchell’s enthusiasm for the naturalistic approach meant I heard very little, and I mean very little of it. It’s not even as if I could see to lip-read either, the crepuscular lighting combining with a propensity to mutter and the choice that several made to speak with their backs to the audience. I’m not commenting on Mitchell’s artistic choices, I’m simply being truthful about how the basic difficulty of just hearing what was going on. And as such, I’m just not inclined to comment on anything more. If you have any sort of hearing problem, I urge you to ensure you get to the captioned performance on 27th November.
Running time: 2 hours (without interval)
Booking until 29th November
Labels: Angus Wright, Catrin Stewart, Chekhov, Dominic Rowan, Gawn Grainger, Hugh Skinner, Kate Duchêne, Natalie Klamar, Paul Hilton, Sarah Malin, Sarah Ridgeway, Simon Stephens, Stephen Kennedy, Tom Mothersdale