St James Theatre
12 Palace Street
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Important Info: latecomers will be admitted after the first scene (Approx 25 minutes in).
In October 2014 the St James Theatre in London becomes the new home of Anton Chekhov’s famous play Uncle Vanya. It will be latest occasion in which the classic show has been staged in the capital in recent years, following numerous high profile productions, with Russell Bolam taking on directing duties this time.
Uncle Vanya is a famous tale of characters returning to a precious family estate whilst a complex web of lusting and unrequited feelings take a hold of the characters and the threat of its sale looms. A professor and his wife Elena are among them and various other characters begin to pine after her such as Vanya and Dr Astrov. Meanwhile, the professor’s daughter Sonya is also present and her feelings are directed at the doctor, with shocking plans emerging that are set to make all of these matters irrelevant should they go ahead.
This time, however, the text has been revamped for the 21st century by the talented writer Anya Reiss.
Chekhov’s play is a familiar one to London theatre audiences and for international fans that have enjoyed its story since it first premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre in the late 1890s. It stands up as one of his famous pieces alongside the likes of Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, among others, and it has a special place in the hearts of audiences. This is reflected in its re-appearances around the world over the last century, with Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen among those that have stepped into this world in some of the performances.
And on this occasion audiences have another famous face to add to this list of stars as John Hannah takes on the role of Uncle Vanya. Hannah is best known to audiences for his film and television work, which has included television series like McCallum, Touch Of Cloth, Spartacus and Cold Blood, plus movies such The Mummy trilogy and Sliding Doors. His theatre work includes Riflemind at the Trafalgar Studios 1 in 2008 and The Mercy Seat at the Almeida Theatre in 2003.
Uncle Vanya will entertain London theatre audiences at the St James Theatre prior to the opening of Accolade from Wednesday 8th October 2014.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 8th November 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 8th November 2014|
|Running Time:||2 hours 15 minutes|
|Important Info:||latecomers will be admitted after the first scene (Approx 25 minutes in).|
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