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), 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.
Really enjoyed the play. Didnt know this Checkov .really comic , tragic thought provoking.
Brilliant set and atmosphere created, really enjoyed the performance. Funny and sad in equal measure. Toby Jones and all the cast created very believable relationships with each other. Excellent.
The acting was very good, especially Toby Jones who was superlative, but i did not warm to the version, the play felt somewhat diminished by this translation, especially for example Sofia's speech to Uncle Vanya at the end which was excruciating, I think Chekhov would have hated this fuzzy warm oh life will be okay nonsense. The emphasis on more comedy worked I think but other aspects less so. Sonja was miscast - too young and FAR too pretty. Ridiculous! Yelena was FAR too independent minded and strong of will - this was a woman who would NEVER have stayed with her elderly vain insensitive husband. The portrayal was all wrong, not the fault of course of the lovely actress. Maria with her feminist agenda didn't work either or the overstating of the ecological message of the disappearing forest. Everything that was in the original play is all you need. I've seen much better productions, but I did enjoy this one, it was worth it for Toby Jones and Ciaran Hinds.
Great play with a brilliant cast.
Excellent performance and amazing cast especially Toby, he was brilliant.
This production is sheer brilliance. Not a false note from beginning to end, first rate acting (as you would expect from this cast) and intelligent setting. Translation sounds completely natural and we are taken through whole gamut of emotions. See it if you can?
Russian angst - but this play has it all. Humour (by the bucket load), pathos, social comment, personal interaction, relationship turmoil - all there beautifully performed by a stellar cast although special mention should be given to Toby Jones and Richard Armitage. Excellent!
Great play, thoroughly enjoyed it
Witty yet moving update of a tale of unrequited love and female submission to 19th century traditions
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.
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