Flowering Cherry
by Robert Bolt

About This Project

“Fifteen acres of apple trees in blossom, with a few white hens on the grass, perhaps, and some high white clouds in a blue sky…it’s a sight for the gods, it’s Shangri-la.”


Suburbia, 1957. Jim Cherry sells insurance, but wants to sell apples instead. He dreams of owning an orchard in Somerset and quitting the job he hates. But Cherry is a fantasist and his wife Isobel is at breaking point. As his dream begins to spiral out of control and the gulf between them widens, can she force him to face reality?


Hailed at its premiere as the British Death of a Salesman, and from the writer of A Man for All Seasons and the screenplays of Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, Flowering Cherry is the heart-breaking story of a man seduced by his own imagination. This rediscovery marks the first London production since its premiere in 1957, starring Sir Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson.


Supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers.


Nominated for two Off West End Awards.


Reviews for Flowering Cherry at the Finborough Theatre:

★★★★ ’Exquisite revival of a Fifties jewel… A wonderful evening’s theatre.’ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘As relevant to the midlife dreamers among us still as to those of sixty years ago.’ Libby Purves

‘Taut, meticulous and arrestingly acted.’ Sam Marlowe, The Times

‘A British Death of a Salesman.’ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

‘Directed with loving care by Benjamin Whitrow and outstandingly designed by Alex Marker.’ Michael Billington, The Guardian


Benjamin Whitrow


Costume Designer:

Janet Hudson-Holt

Lighting Designer:

Sound Designer:

Lucinda Mason Brown


Ashley Cook, Catherine Kanter, Liam McKenna, Hannah Morrish, James Musgrave, Phoebe Sparrow, Benjamin Whitrow


17 November - 20 December 2015