Full casting has been announced for Michael Boyd’s Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production of The Cherry Orchard.

BBC Motherland actress Kirsty Bushell and The Hollow Crown actor Jude Owusu will lead the ensemble cast which opens at Bristol Old Vic in March.

Bushell was most recently on stage playing Regan opposite Ian McKellan’s King Lear. Her
dynamic career includes Olivia in the RSC’s Twelfth Night and Juliet for Shakespeare’s Globe to Vittoria in The White Devil (RSC) and the title role in Hedda Gabler.

Jude’s recent theatre work includes A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park), Gregory Doran’s Julius Caesar, Tim Crouch’s I, Cinna (both RSC/West End) and The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre).

They are joined by Simon Coates (Robert Icke’s 1984, Declan Donnellan’s As You Like It), Japanese actor Togo Igawa (Star Wars – The Last Jedi), Julius D’Silva (Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Hungarian actress Éva Magyar (Ivo Van Hove’s Hedda Gabler, National Theatre) and Jack Monaghan (War Horse, West End).

The cast also features Emma Naomi, Enyi Okoronkwo, Verity Blyth, Rosy McEwa, Hayden Mclean, Joseph Hardy and Harry Humberstone.

Rory Mullarkey’s brand-new translation of Chekhov’s final masterpiece will be directed by Boyd, celebrated former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Boyd studied Russian and trained as a director in Moscow, and will be directing Chekhov – the literary love of his life – for the first time.

The Cherry Orchard runs from 1 March 2018 until 7 April 2018 at Bristol Old Vic, before transferring to Manchester’s Royal Exchange from 19 April 2018 – 19 May 2018.