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Chekhov-in-space world premiere


 Heading into space - (l-r, top) Tripti Subha Tripuraneni (Varsha), Maanuv Thiara (Abinash Lenka), Neil D'Souza (Lohit), Anjali Jay (Captain Prema Ramesh); (l-r, bottom) Hari Mackinnon (Feroze), Gavi Singh Chera (Pawan Talwar), Aaron Gill (Sailesh Panchal), Samar Khan {Anju) and Chandrika Chevli (Divya). Pic: Camilla Greenwell
Space ahoy: (l-r, top) Tripti Subha Tripuraneni (Varsha), Maanuv Thiara (Abinash Lenka), Neil D'Souza (Lohit), Anjali Jay (Captain Prema Ramesh); (l-r, bottom) Hari Mackinnon (Feroze), Gavi Singh Chera (Pawan Talwar), Aaron Gill (Sailesh Panchal), Samar Khan {Anju) and Chandrika Chevli (Divya). Pics: Camilla Greenwell

A south Asian heritage cast will bring to life the world premiere of a new sci-fi adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.

Reimagined by award- winning Vinay Patel (True Brits, Murdered By My Father, Doctor Who), it opens at The Yard Theatre in London (September 5) before moving north to HOME Manchester from November 2-19.

An old starship travels through space, searching for a home billions of miles from earth. Like their ancestors before them, crew members were born on the ship; the voyage is all they've ever known. And then a planet is spotted. Will they leap into a new future, or stay stuck on the journey forever?

The cast includes Chandrika Chevli (Hopeless Romantics, Not Going Out, Holby City; Neil D’Souza (Much Ado About Nothing, Midnight’s Children, Eastenders, Friday Night Dinner; Aaron Gill (a recent graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Anjali Jay (Midnight’s Children, Night at the Museum 3).

Patel said: “I adore these actors. They're sharp, open-hearted and effortlessly funny - everything you need to make The Cherry Orchard sing: I reckon Chekhov would be delighted!

"The most exciting aspect for me is that heritage isn't a point of difference on our spaceship. These are simply complex people... especially the ones that are robots.”