Information for The Cherry Orchard at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (Play). The Cherry Orchard premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre 17 January 1904, on Chekhov's 44th birthday and only six months before his death. Overjoyed at being back at her large country house Madame Ranyevskaya is reassured to find the cherry orchard looking unchanged. But for how long? The family's wealth has gone and their only hope is to destroy the beloved orchard. The axes are ready to swing through the orchards of Russia .. This radical reimagining of Chekhov's classic comedy is written by Gary Owen and directed by Sherman Theatre's Artistic Director Rachel O'Riordan. This award-winning team brought you the sell-out productions of Killology and Iphigenia in Splott so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.