Nikos Karathanos

"The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov

22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 April 201520:3001, 02, 03 May 201520:30
Main Stage
The poet of the stage, Nikos Karathanos, takes on a masterpiece of the world theatre repertoire: Chekhov’s "The Cherry Orchard".
“In this life, you either bend or you break”, muses Nikos Karathanos as he reads Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. In the wake of his successful staging of Peresiadis’ Golpho and Boccaccio’s Decameron, the charismatic director and actor takes on one of the most emblematic works in the world theatre repertoire in collaboration with his hell-raising colleague, the dramatist Lena Kitsopoulou.
Chekhov’s swan song, The Cherry Orchard (1904) is a work that bids farewell to an era that has reached its end, staging a wake to see the old world off. The wonderful cherry orchard is up for auction; in denial, its owners do nothing to save it; irresponsibility and self-deception are rampant and bankruptcy is nigh.
The work’s tragi-comic protagonists never give up their struggle for a little happiness. Trapped at the mercy of an age of transition, they play the lead roles in a devastating comedy about the secret of life which poses the question: “Why so much pain beneath so much beauty?”.
“A comedy, at times a farce”, is how Chekhov described the Cherry Orchard. Nikos Karathanos and his exceptional cast undermine the stereotypes which can weigh readings of Chekhov down and approach the work as a “heretical comedy within a marvelous drama” in a production which, exuding perspicacity and a limitless sensitivity, cannot but call to mind our current era of historic transition.


On Thursday 7 and Friday 8 of May with English surtitles.

Translation: Aris Alexandrou
Direction - Adaptation: Nikos Karathanos
Sets and Costumes: Elli Papageorgakopoulou
Music: Angelos Triantafyllou
Movement: Amalia Bennett
Lighting Design: Nikos Vlassopoulos
Adaptation: Marissa Triantafyllidou
Sound Engineer: Kostis Pavlopoulos
Hair Design: Daniel Athanasiou
Make-up: Alexandra Mita
Assistant to the Director: Petros Georgopalis, Marissa Triantafyllidou
Assistant to the Set Designer: Evaggelia Therianou, Myrto Lamprou, Dafni Iliopoulou
Production Assistant: Tzela Christopoulou

With: Thanasis Alevras, Nikos Karathanos, Lena Kitsopoulou, Emily Koliandri, Giannis Kotsifas, Anastasia Konidi, Christos Loulis, Giorgos Mpiniaris, Angelos Papadimitiou, Daphne Patakia, Michalis Sarantis, Elena Topalidou, Angelos Triantafyllou, Lydia Fotopoulou, Galini Hatzipaschali et al.

Set building: Lazaridis Scenic Studio and Stelios Lampadarios
Sewing: Despoina Makarouni
Construction of the prop "Elephant": Socrates Papadopoulos

Musicians: Giorgos Petroudis (bouzouki), Dimitris Gkogkas (trumpet), Spiros Vergis (trombone), Dimitris Ntakovanos (bassoon), Kostas Tsekos (bass clarinet).
The recording took place at the Studio Artracks by George Priniotakis.

Production: Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens

Executive Production: Yolanda Markopoulou / POLYPLANITY Productions

Special thanks to Panagiotis Tsafas, George Feretos, Kaiti Drosou, Govostis Publications, Natasa Triantafilli and Niko Tzartzanis for their assistance at the 3D representation of the set.


28 Apr 2015


After performance talk with Nikos Karathanos

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