Alton Fringe Theatre will present The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov at the Wessex Arts Centre in Alton College on October 26, 27 and 28 at 7.30pm.

Chekhov’s original script has been adapted for Alton Fringe Theatre by group member Mike Biddiss. It draws the audience into the life of a family struggling to cope with enormous changes in the world around them in the early 20th century.

Despite advice to adapt to circumstances, the head of the family refuses to change course. Tragedy and humour combine to make a memorable experience.

Director Louise Biddiss said: “The ailing orchard at the heart of Lyuba Ranyevskaya’s estate stands as a symbol of a dissolving social order.

“There her state of self-deluding confusion is shared, in various ways, by the rich gallery of other characters whom Chekhov displays around her.

“Generally bewildered and sometimes even eccentric, they range from idealistic youth to crumbling old age.”

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