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By • West End
Hollywood’s Jessica Lange may return to the West End later this year to appear in a new production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. According to US industry bible Variety, she’s in talks to play Madame Ranevskaya in a new translation of the Russian master's 1904 classic directed by John Doyle and produced by Howard Panter for ATG. Lange made her West End debut playing Blanche Dubois in a 1996 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and was last seen here as Mary Tyrone in a 2000 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day's Journey into Night at the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue. The last major London production of The Cherry Orchard was directed by Trevor Nunn at the National in 2000, with a cast including Vanessa Redgrave as Ranevskaya. In recent years, Doyle has become best known for his actor-musician revivals of musicals, including his and Tony Award-winning Sweeney Todd. Ahead of The Cherry Orchard, he’ll direct Matthew Kelly in Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play Amadeus at Wilton’s Music Hall in September (See News, 21 Jul 2006).

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