In the heat of summer, Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage).
However, when Sonya’s father Professor Serebryakov (Ciarán Hinds) suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar) declaring his intention to sell the house, the polite facades crumble and long repressed feelings start to emerge with devastating consequences.
Starring Rosalind Eleazar (The Starry Messenger), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education), Emmy Award-winning Anna Calder-Marshall (Male of the Species), the Olivier and Tony-award nominated Dearbhla Molloy (The Ferryman), Peter Wight (The Birthday Party) and Olivier Award-nominated Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones).
Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece, UNCLE VANYA, is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.
Critically acclaimed director Ian Rickson returns to Chekhov for the first time since his landmark production of The Seagull in 2007, reuniting with BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Toby Jones (The Birthday Party) alongside Richard Armitage, who returns to the stage six years after his Olivier Award-nominated performance in The Crucible.
UNCLE VANYA is designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Bruno Poet, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball CDG. Don’t miss this astonishing combination of creative talent as they breathe new life into the treasured Chekhov classic. Full casting will be announced soon.
Sublime. The set design seemed almost otherworldly. Incredible craftmanship and attention to detail. Sitting in the second row really provided me with the opportunity to not just experience the setting up close and personal but to also feel it through all senses, both sound and smell. As to the performances; stellar cast and such incredibly meticulous work. All the characters were unique and relatable, immediately connecting with the audience. I also appreciate the fact that lots of the main issues the play advocates for were perfectly emphasized, given the attention they require; human condition, the environment, productivity and ethics. I can also appreciate the fact that an adaptation was crafted out of the original play and I say this because, in terms of translation/interpretation of the text, it rendered it more accessible to a British audience. Checkov's characters are difficult to play without coming across as dry (sometimes). Lastly, I'm convienced Toby Jones can play any character. Absolutely, any character, however I was touched by the younger member of the cast, Aimee Lou Wood. Such an inspiring, down to earth performance. She is an inspiration to all young actors out there.
An excellent night out at the theatre. Toby Jones gives a stand-out, award-deserving performance as Vanya, the ensemble casting is perfection and the set evocative. Despite the weighty main subject of the play there are moments of hilarious comedy and rat-a-tat repartee. Well done to all concerned.
I thoroughly enjoyed this play. It deals with issues like family dynamics, selflessness, selfishness, love, laughs and jealousy. The new twist lets us consider habitats loss. Yes, all from Chekhov. The cast was superb. What a treat to see Mr. Jones, Armitage and Cairns at their best.
The adaptation was not great. On Wed evening apart from Uncle Vanya, Helena and Sofia, the remaining cast sounded tired, were not on a good form.
12th February 2020 7.30pm - Audio-described performance
26th February 2020 7.30pm - Captioned performance
No refunds or exchanges after booking.
Running Time: TBC
Good To Know
This productions contains gunshots, loud noises, haze and real herbal cigarettes
Uncle Vanya – Toby Jones
Astrov – Richard Armitage
Yelena – Rosalind Eleazer
Sonya – Aimee Lou Wood
Nana – Anna Calder-Marshall
Grandmaman – Dearbhla Molloy
Telegin – Peter Wight
Professor Serebryakov – Ciarán Hinds
A new adaptation by Conor McPherson Directed by Ian Rickson Design by Rae Smith Lighting by Bruno Poet Music by Stephen Warbeck Sound by Ian Dickinson Casting by Amy Ball CDG
When Can I Go
14 January – 2 May
Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm Wednesday & Saturday, 7.30pm
Where Do I Go
Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN