Diane Lane Returns to Broadway in 'The Cherry Orchard'

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The actress will end an absence of almost 40 years when she takes on the role of the struggling landowner in Stephen Karam's new adaptation of the Chekhov classic.

Diane Lane made her Broadway debut as a child of 12 in the ensemble of a 1977 production of The Cherry Orchard that also featured a young Meryl Streep as a chambermaid. Almost four decades later, Lane will return to Anton Chekhov's classic tragicomedy, this time graduating to the lead role of Ranevskaya, the landowner struggling to hold on to her family's estate.

The play will be produced in the fall by Roundabout Theatre Company in a new adaptation by rising-star playwright Stephen Karam, whose recent drama The Humans opened to rave reviews on Broadway earlier this year. Simon Godwin, an associate at Britain's Royal National Theatre, will direct.

First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard examines the folly of human nature through the lens of a wealthy family sliding into ruin in the transitioning world of a country on the brink of revolution.

In addition to her role in the 1977 Chekhov production (which starred Irene Worth as Ranevskaya), Lane appeared that year as Iphigenia in Agamemnon. But her film career took off shortly after with A Little Romance, keeping her absent from Broadway ever since. She ended her long hiatus from the New York stage last year in the off-Broadway premiere of Bathsheba Doran's The Mystery of Love & Sex, starring opposite Tony Shalhoub. Lane's recent screen appearances have included Trumbo and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as a voice role in Inside Out.

The Cherry Orchard will begin previews Sept. 15 at the American Airlines Theatre in a limited engagement that officially opens Oct. 16. Additional casting is to be announced.