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Laura Carmichael in Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre

Tuesday, 4th Sep 2012  

The Downton Abbey Actress Will Take on a Major Role in the Production From November 2012

It was announced in recent months that “Uncle Vanya” would be taking to the stage of the Vaudeville Theatre, one of two productions of Anton Chekhov’s famous drama (the other being the Russian-language edition at the Noël Coward Theatre which begins in November).  Now the production finds itself in the spotlight again as producers announce a new cast member to appear alongside the already-announced Ken Stott, Samuel West and Anna Friel.

Laura Carmichael is set to appear in the play when it opens in November and she does so on the back of her work in the high profile television series “Downton Abbey” in which she portrays the ongoing role of Lady Edith Crawley. She also appeared in the 2011 movie “Tinker Tailor Solder Spy” alongside actors like Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others, and so it is clear that she is a rising star. Alongside these roles are her stage credits, which include performances at the Bristol Old Vic and The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, as well as guest performances for the Fitzrovia Radio Hour, which appeared at Trafalgar Studios 2 in 2011 (albeit without Carmichael).

“Uncle Vanya” is one of the most famous plays by Anton Chekhov, whose work also includes shows like “Three Sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard”, among others. It focuses on a group of characters as they return to a large estate with the threat of its sale looming and with unrequited feelings blighting their visit. A professor, his wife Elena and his daughter Sony are among them, with the latter enchanted with Dr Astrov and others with Elena. Another character among them is the eponymous Vanya.

It’s a widely celebrated piece so there should be little difficulty in drumming up interest of theatre tickets, though the cast that has been put together does just that. Ken Stott is a widely celebrated actor, whilst Anna Friel and Samuel West will be certain to attract a sizable London theatre crowd as well.

“Uncle Vanya” is at the Vaudeville Theatre from Friday 2nd November 2012 (with previews from Wednesday 24th October 2012) and then continues to Saturday 16th February 2013.

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