Uncle Vanya by Chekhov
November 19 - 28
The arrival from the city of an elderly professor and his beautiful young wife to live on his family's rural estate provokes disharmony. Desire, jealousy, unrequited love and thwarted ambition are revealed in Chekhov's classic story of country life.
Thursday Nov 19 – Eye Town Hall 01379 652241
Friday Nov 20 – Wingfield Barns 01379 384505
Saturday Nov 21 - The Cut, Halesworth 0845 673 2123
Friday, Nov 27 - Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft 01502 589726
Saturday Nov 28 - Fisher Theatre, Bungay 01986 897130
All performances start 7.30pm
Tickets £10 and £8.50
Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya had it’s Moscow première in 1899. Constantin Stanislavski played the role of Astrov, while Chekhov's future wife, Olga Knipper, played Yelena. After a mixed reception, with the acting improving, and audience more in tune, reviews improved and Uncle Vanya became a permanent fixture in the Moscow Art Theatre.
The celebrated 1963 Lawrence Olivier production for the Chichester Festival, had a star studded cast, directed by Olivier who played the Doctor, and also starring Michael Redgrave as Vanya, Max Adrian as the Professor, Rosemary Harris as Yelena and Olivier's wife Joan Plowright as Sonya. The New Yorker called it ‘probably the best 'Vanya' in English we shall ever see’.
The play was also adapted as the new stage-play Dear Uncle by the British playwright Alan Aykebourn in 2011, who reset it in the 1930s Lake District. The Reduced Shakespeare Company performed a shortened version of the play on their BBC radio show, which contained only three lines:
Are you Uncle Vanya?