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First look: film version of ‘Uncle Vanya’ starring Richard Armitage & Toby Jones

The West End theatre production of Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage will hit cinema screens in the UK, Ireland and internationally this October.

Filmed on location at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, Ian Rickson’s acclaimed stage production is re-imagined on film marrying the intimacy of the big screen with the electricity of live performance.

The show was nearing the end of its sold-out run when the coronavirus pandemic hit, closing UK theatres in March 2020, and whilst it wasn’t possible to bring the production back to complete the run, they were able to recreate Rickson’s sumptuous production for filming.

The film reunites nearly all of the original cast of the production, only Ciarán Hinds was unavailable and his role has now been taken by Roger Allam who is best known for playing Peter Mannion MP in The Thick of It .

The ensemble also features Dearbhla Molloy, Anna Calder-Marshall, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Wood and Peter Wight.

Conor McPherson’s adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play follows a fragmented family falling into a state of disrepair.

To re-create and film the production the actors and crew adhered to strict covid-19 protocols which involved self-isolating before shooting on location as well as being regularly tested for covid-19 to allow them to perform closely together.

The show will be broadcast from 27 October 2020. Tickets are on sale now.

See production images from the film below.

Photos: Johan Persson.


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