Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Booking to 2 May 2020
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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.

Reviews

★★★★★ ‘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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Booking to 2 May 2020

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Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, 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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‘Uncle Vanya’ / inside the rehearsal room with Toby Jones & Richard Armitage
Take a look inside the rehearsal room of Conor McPherson's highly anticipated adaptation of  'Uncle Vanya' featuring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage. Chekhov's masterpiece is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.   [ngg src="galleries" ids="639" display="pro_imagebrowser" order_by="sortorder"]Toby Jones (The Birthday Party, Don’t Forget the Driver, Detectorists) will star in the title role of Vanya alongside Armitage (The Crucible, Berlin Station, The Hobbit) as Astrov. The production will see Armitage on stage for the first time following his acclaimed performance in The Crucible at the Old Vic in 2014. The cast also features Rosalind Eleazar (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Deep Water, The Starry Messenger) as Yelena, Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education, Downstate) as Sonya, the Emmy Award-winning Anna Calder-Marshall (LOVE, Evening at the Talk House, Male of the Species) as Nana, the Olivier and Tony-award nominated Dearbhla Molloy (The Ferryman, Dancing at Lughnasa, Juno and the Paycock) as Grandmaman, Peter Wight(The Birthday Party, Hamlet, The Red Lion) as Telegin and Olivier Award-nominated Ciarán Hinds (Translations, Game of Thrones, Girl from the North Country) as Professor Serebryakov. Conor McPherson's adaptation is directed by Ian Rickson. Uncle Vanya runs from 14 January 2020 until 2 May 2020 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. Uncle Vanya tickets are available to book now.
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Toby Jones & Richard Armitage to star in ‘Uncle Vanya’ on London stage
Film and theatre stars Toby Jones and Richard Armitage will feature in a new adaptation of Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London's West End. Toby Jones (Detectorists, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hunger Games, Captain America) will play the title role in Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, which has been stunningly adapted by Olivier Award winner Conor McPherson (The Weir, Girl from the North Country). Jones' stage credits include the recent revival of The Birthday Party with Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and, Measure for Measure (with Complicite) both for the National and The Play What I Wrote (West End/Broadway). He will also feature in the upcoming production of Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp; a collection of four Caryl Churchill plays which will premiere this Autumn at the Royal Court Theatre. Richard Armitage, best known for playing Thorin in Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Hobbit, will play the role of local doctor Astrov.  Armitage was last on stage 6-years ago at The Old Vic Theatre playing John Proctor in the critically acclaimed production of The Crucible.  Since achieving fame in the BBC drama North & South, he has appeared in British television series Spooks and Robin Hood as well as developing an international profile with films Ocean's 8, The Lodge, My Zoe and tv series Berlin Station and the upcoming serialised thriller The Stranger for Netflix. Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson promises a stunning new adaptation of the Chekhov's masterpiece;  a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions, Uncle Vanya will be directed by Ian Rickson. Further casting to be announced. The production will be produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions. Uncle Vanya will run from 14 January 2020 until 2 May 2020 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London. Uncle Vanya tickets are available to book now. 

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