Cherry Orchard kicks off opening season of the Guild Festival Theatre

Live theatre is returning to Guild Inn Gardens for the month of July. The Guild Festival Theatre presents its inaugural season with an open-air version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

This is the story of an aristocratic Russian family returning to their estate which includes a large cherry orchard. All will be auctioned off to pay their debts – unless they can find a solution.  Chekhov wrote the play as a comedy, but it will be interesting to find out which approach director Sten Eirik takes. Eirik (who lived for several years in the Beach) has worked in professional theatre in Sweden and Canada for 35 years as an actor and director and now founding Artistic Director of the Guild Festival Theatre.

The cast includes Paul Amato, Jesse Dwyre, John Jarvis and Dawna Wightman, all familiar faces on the theatre scene. Amato, Jarvis and fellow actors Brian Standish and James Woods are East Enders.  Costumes are by Stratford’s Bonnie Deakin, and David Buchbinder has composed new music for this production.

The play will be staged in the historic Guild Inn Gardens in front of the Greek stage with its eight Corinthian columns and arches. Come out and enjoy and evening of theatre under the stars. Opening night is Thursday, July 7. Then performances run Wednesdays to Sundays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. until July 31.

Tickets are $20 (children under 12 are free).  The box office is at 416-392-1421 or online at For more information about the play, the company or the Guild, go to

The Guild Inn Gardens are at 201 Guildwood Pkwy., south of Kingston Road in Scarborough.  You can also get there from Kennedy Subway, taking the 116 or 116 A bus.

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