Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Harold Pinter Theatre, London

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Ian Rickson (JerusalemThe Seagull) directs Conor McPherson’s (The Weir, Girl from the North Country) stunning new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece Uncle Vanya.

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 UK stage six years after his Olivier Award-nominated performance in The Crucible.

Uncle Vanya will run from 14 January 2020 until 2 May 2020 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

What’s the Story?

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.

Who’s in it? Uncle Vanya Cast

The cast features Toby Jones (Detectorists, ‎InfamousTinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Oceans 8, Spooks), Rosalind Eleazar (The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Starry Messenger), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education), Anna Calder-Marshall (LOVE, Male of the Species), Dearbhla Molloy (The Ferryman, Dancing at Lughnasa), Peter Wight (The Birthday Party, Hamlet) and Ciarán Hinds (Translations, Game of Thrones, Girl from the North Country).

Creative Team

Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is adapted by Conor McPherson with direction by Ian Rickson. Design is by Rae Smith, with lighting by Bruno Poet, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball CDG.


★★★★★ ‘An exquisite production. Perfection.’ – The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Ian Rickson’s striking revival. Such compassion, such life.’ – The Times

★★★★★ ‘A superlative collective performance from the cast – many of us will be lucky if we see a better one in our lifetimes.’ – The Arts Desk

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Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453

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