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Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Monday, 30 March 2020
2 hours 15 minutes
It's coming up to the end of the 1800s, a time when polite society demanded feelings were kept under wraps. But it didn't always take much to bring them to the surface. That's what happens when the peaceful lives of Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya are interrupted by the unexpected return of Sonya's dad Professor Serebryakov, whose Estate they manage. The Professor's new and glamorous younger wife, Yelena, decides she fancies Vanya's good friend Doctor Astrov, and when those feelings are reciprocated things go downhill fast. When the Professor announces his plans to sell the house and land from under their feet, Vanya and Sonya are horrified.
This is one of the legendary Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's best-loved works. It last played the West End in 2012, in English, and was produced in the original Russian by Maly Drama theatre during 2018. Now it's back again, in English, at the Harold Pinter theatre, proving its lasting popularity once again. The brilliant Toby Jones and Richard Armitage star in a brand new adaptation, fresh from the pen of the Irish playwright Conor McPherson. It's as darkly funny as ever, packed with suppressed and expressed passion. Sonia Friedman Productions produces the show and Ian Rickson will direct. Armitage is taking the role of Doctor Astrov and Jones the eponymous Vanya, and the drama kicks off in January 2020. Don't miss this all-time classic!