Discover his inspiration for the children’s story about a cheeky little fellow with big dreams of being in the spotlight.
Producers have confirmed further casting for the forthcoming new production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, set to open in London next year.
Oliver Award-winner Conor McPherson’s adaptation will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre on Tuesday 14 January 2020, running until Saturday 2 May 2020.
Announced today is the news that Rosalind Eleazar (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Deep Water, The Starry Messenger), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education, Downstate), Emmy Award-winner Anna Calder-Marshall (LOVE, Evening at the Talk House, Male of the Species), Olivier and Tony-award nominated Dearbhla Molloy (The Ferryman, Dancing at Lughnasa, Juno and the Paycock), Peter Wight (The Birthday Party, Hamlet, The Red Lion) and Olivier Award-nominated Ciarán Hinds (Translations, Game of Thrones, Girl from the North Country) have all joined the new production.
They join the previously announced Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.
Here’s the play’s synopsis:
In the heat of summer, Sonya and her Uncle Vanya while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov.
However, when Sonya’s father suddenly returns with his beautiful new wife declaring that he intends to sell the house, the polite facades crumble and repressed feelings start to emerge with devastating consequences.
Toby Jones will play the title role in the upcoming production. Many will know Jones for his on screen performances in films such as Frost/Nixon, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. His theatre credits include The Play What I Wrote, earning an Oliver Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Painter and The Birthday Party.
The role of Doctor Astrov is set to be portrayed by Richard Armitage, who returns to the stage six years after his Olivier Award-nominated performance in The Crucible. Fans will also recognise Armitage from his role as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit trilogy.
Uncle Vanya was written by famed Russian playwright Anton Checkhov and first premiered in Moscow in 1899.
The new West End adaption will be directed by Ian Rickson, who won plaudits for his direction of Chekhov’s The Seagull in 2007.
The forthcoming production is designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Bruno Poer, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball CDG.
Uncle Vanya is showing at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London from 14 January 2020 – 2 May 2020.
Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk