Jeremy Irons attends wife Sinead’s opening night performance of The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard, has a new, streetwise, adaptation by Tom Stoppard, directed by Sam Mendes (husband of Kate Winslet, who attending the opening) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

It’s the first Bridge Project effort, a UK (Old Vic)/US (BAM) intermingling of splendid actors and repertory, a caravan of itinerant talents and projects (Next up: Winter’s Tale).

Sinead Cusack (another famous spouse–Jeremy Irons was sitting just a few rows away from Kate Winslet) is Madame Ranevskaya, the spend thrifty lady whose orchard is being sold off for debts.

Read more at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patricia-zohn/culture-zohn-the-cherry-o_b_158239.html

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First seven photos taken by  Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Read the New York Times review of The Cherry Orchard opening:

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/theater/reviews/16orch.html