Life is famously an endurance test for many of the characters in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. And Robert Icke's languid yet riveting new production of the play may prove to be one for some members of the audience, too: there were quite a few walk-outs at the Saturday evening performance I attended. Admittedly, some may have been rushing for their trains: it ended just shy of 11pm, after an uncommonly long running time of 3 hours twenty minutes, including an extremely unusual provision... Read more
Cast includes Ken Stott (Vanya), Anna Friel (Yelena), Samuel West (Astrov) Vanya, Yelena, Astrov and Sonya are all in love, with the past, with ideals and with each other. As their universe shifts around them they struggle to keep their emotions at bay.
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Our Review of Uncle Vanya Vaudeville Theatre 2012
If you have a 'take it or leave it' attitude to Chekhov's plays you may want to reconsider because this version of 'Uncle Vanya' has some exceptionally fine performances to relish. On a country estate somewhere in Russia, life is repetitive and boring. Nothing much happens. And, in fact, not a great deal happens during the course of the play either. So much so that when Tolstoy first saw it, he famously said “Where's the drama?”. But there's actually quite a lot, even if nothing... Read more