Roundabout's The Cherry Orchard & Love, Love, Love

The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the first two productions of its 2016-2017 season:

On Broadway, Anton Chekhov's classic The Cherry Orchard, with a new adaptation by Stephen Karam directed by Simon Godwin, will begin previews on 8 September 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre, before an official opening on 6 October and a limited engagement through to 27 November 2016.

Synopsis: "Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition."

Off-Broadway, Roundabout presents Mike Bartlett's dark comedy Love, Love, Love, directed by Michael Mayer, which will play a limited engagement at the Laura Pels Theatre from 22 September 2016 through to 1 January 2017.

Synopsis: "It's the late 1960s in a north London flat, and Henry is excitedly anticipating the arrival of his date, Sandra. The night changes course when Sandra and Henry's brother Kenneth quickly realize how much they have in common-their love of Rock and Roll and their love of marijuana, for starters. A fiery relationship is sparked in the haze of the 60s, and charred by today's brutal realities. Fast forward twenty-three years, and the economy and politics of an ever-changing world are wearing on the marriage of this baby boomer couple. Can they remain faithful to each other while trying to provide a loving and supportive home for their children-children who are growing up in a time when the next generation is not always provided for? Spanning more than four decades, this dark comedy is the story of what happens when the free-loving teens of the 60s face the harsh realities of today's world. From passion to paranoia, Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble."

Casting and creative team information for both productions will be announced at a later date.

- by Tom Millward