Comparison Of Chekhov 'And The Cherry Orchard'
Or is the art of the director is to radically re-interpret the classic text in order to make it relevant for a contemporary audience? Stanislavsky and Serban's direction styles both created completely different variations of The Cherry Orchard but there will always be advocates and opponents to each style. There are traditionalists and new wave theatre buffs who will oppose each other's ideas on theatre but the director has become the artist of a performance and will choose what direction the performance will take. Stanislavsky's interpretation was blasted by the playwright and this questions the role of the director, have their own ideas and values smothered their ability to stay respectful to a script? This is always a danger if the director is looking for the meaning the playwright intended to put across. But if all directors were to radically alter scripts would great plays be ruined by current day values? If a director is to radically re-interpret a script to make it relevant to a contemporary audience there seems to be an element of freedom for the director, he can make the choices and can create a performance in a range of ways. The director can choose what meaning he wants to convey to the audience, what meaning the set will have for the piece, what feelings the characters put across to the audience. An example of this is in Stanislavsky's version of The Cherry Orchard when he