There is no question about it: Cherry Orchard is exactly as Chekhov described it, a comedy with moments of pure farce. Madame Ranevskya`s estate is bankrupt. To meet their debts the family house and its famous cherry orchard must be sold. The family finds this an absurd idea and cannot accept that the world is changing. To tell a story with infinite compassion of people hopelessly incapable of dealing with realty, and in a comedic way, and laced with sadness, is the stuff of genius. Chekhov`s characters are delightful, vigorous, absurd people, loveable in their blindness.
Because it first saw life in Russia in 1904, to see the play as prescient of events that followed in Russia is to diminish the depth and wonder of this masterpiece, that in its profound understanding of human nature is limitless as to time and place, as its ever presence on a stage somewhere in the world testifies.
At the end we may say `you are fools` as we see this household lightly embark on a future believing that tomorrow will be different, because we know that life will defeat them.
We are so excited to welcome Official Number One bestselling soprano, Joanna Forest, to The Loft Theatre. Joanna, who has performed to millions on the BBC, ITV, Sky and Classic FM at events such as The Royal Variety Performane, is taking her album on a tour of LTG theatres this Autumn.
Described as one of the most exciting and important sopranos performing today, she made chart history earlier this year when her debut album, Stars are Rising, entered the Official Classical Charts at Number 1, knocking Alfie Boe off the top, making her the first independent artist to get to number one with a debut. Produced and orchestrated by world renowned pianist, Robert Emery, it was applauded by the National Press, Radio and TV for its eclectic mix of dramatic arias, cinematic classics and crossover versions of popular gems such as Bowie's 'Life on Mars' and Slade's 'How Does It Feel?'
Joanna, who made her West End debut at just 13, will be performing the album and many other classical and musical hits in an evening not to be missed!
This is the play that turned Noel Coward into a star.
Written by the 24-year-old Coward, with a lead role, Nicky, penned for himself, its scandalous storyline of London Society’s promiscuity shocked many. Nicky, a young musician, returns from a spell savouring the decadence of Paris, with a fiancé in tow and some dubious new habits. In his absence, his socialite mother, Florence, has amused herself with the latest in a succession of lovers half her age. Whilst the partying and sparkling wit continues, it leads inevitably to an emotional showdown between mother and son.
It made Coward not only an overnight sensation but delivered a huge commercial success. It is now recognised as a masterpiece, marrying all of Coward’s trademark wit and trenchant one-liners with a powerful emotional vortex.
20-year-old singer-songwriter from Leamington Spa. With two independently released EP’s under his belt landing him top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, Dolman has been growing from strength to strength with each show he plays, picking up BBC Radio 1 plays from the likes of Huw Stephens as well as across the country on BBC Introducing. His first appearance on the big stage was at Hyde Park back in 2014, since then he has taken his music around not only the UK but overseas also - including festival appearances at Reeperbahn in Hamburg and house concert tours across America.