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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to welcome the graduating students of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) back to the theatre, this time with a pair of productions staged back to back in one week. Oliver Goldsmith’s farce She Stoops to Conquer (Tue 23 – Wed 24 Apr) and Anton Chekhov’s poignant drama The Cherry Orchard (Thu 25 – Fri 26 Apr).
Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy She Stoops to Conquer was first performed in London in 1773. Kate, her step-brother Tony and their cousin Constance all have one thing in common, love. When Kate meets Charles she thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she learns he only likes ‘lower class women’. Tony isn’t having much luck either. With his meddling mother blackmailing Constance into marrying him, his love of a barmaid is pushed to the backburner. And how can Constance marry her love when her jewels are being kept from her? A delightful flurry of trifling confusions, misunderstandings and eavesdroppings leads to a classic comedy milestone.
Anton Chekhov’s last and greatest play, The Cherry Orchard, is about the abolition of serfdom and shifting social orders. A family on the edge of ruin. A country on the brink of change. Will it take a revolution to destroy their cosy world of wealth and entitlement – or will their own stupidity be enough? Ignorant to the rumbling of change that surrounds them, the futile attempts of this aristocratic family to maintain status and the bourgeoisie finding meaning in their newfound materialism collide. When the axe finally falls, the sound is as of a giant ticking clock. The world is about to change.
The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) produce over 20 public shows across London each year – from Shakespeare to Sondheim, new writing to old favourites. Many of these shows transfer and tour to venues across the UK and Europe. Graduating actors also perform in industry showcases in London’s West End, New York and Los Angeles.
These shows have three performances each at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, She Stoops to Conquer Tue 23 and Wed 24 Apr; The Cherry Orchard Thu 25 & Fri 26 Apr.