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Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, will be performed in Russian with English surtitles at the Noel Coward Theatre, from 5 to 10 Nov 2012, by Moscow based company Vakhtangov Theatre under the direction of Rimas Tuminas.
Publicity material says: "In Vakhtangov’s UNCLE VANYA there’s no Chekhovian mansion, no cosy arm-chairs, no table laid for lunch with a lacy tablecloth and hot samovar; no feeling of ‘home’ where several generations have lived. Instead Rimas Tuminas has released the stage from the familiar and the domestic, leaving behind a battlefield of passions, broken illusions and unrealized hopes. Daily life turns imperceptibly into poetry, the drama acquires a tinge of tender irony and every detail on the stage arouses the audience's emotions. "
"Vakhtangov Theatre, on the Arbat, is at the heart of Moscow both geographically and theatrically. From humble beginnings in 1913, this company, which began in basements and front rooms, grew to inhabit one of Moscow’s most beautiful theatres. Always following the twin influences of Meyerhold and Stanislavsky, of spectacle and psychological truth, it has created many of Russia’s most respected productions. "
Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas is also the founder and director of the State Small Theatre of Vilnius in Lithuania.