Everything you need to know about Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre

By | Posted on 20-Feb-2020

Everything you need to know about Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Uncle Vanya has now closed at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Think Anton Chekhov’s works are old and outdated? Think again. Portraying life at the turn of the twentieth century, you won’t want to miss Conor McPherson’s star-studded adaptation of Uncle Vanya. As hidden emotions and long-standing tensions between family members rise to the surface, devastating consequences for those involved are inevitable.

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See Toby Jones and Richard Armitage on stage

The titular role is played by the Olivier Award-winning actor Toby Jones. He won an Olivier Award for best actor in a supporting role for his West End debut role in The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2001, later starring in the show’s Broadway transfer. He’s also appeared in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre, four Caryl Churchill plays at the Royal Court and a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party opposite Stephen Mangan and Zoe Wanamaker.

Returning to the West End for the first time in six years, don’t miss your chance to see Richard Armitage back on stage as Astrov. On stage, he’s given an Olivier Award-nominated performance as John Proctor in a revival of The Crucible at the Old Vic, but he’s also known for appearing in television series including Spooks, Robin Hood, Hannibal and The Stranger.

The Uncle Vanya cast is filled with stars you’ll recognise

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Best known for playing Aimee Gibbs in Netflix’s Sex Education, Aimee Lou Wood makes her West End debut in Uncle Vanya as Sonia, starring alongside the Olivier Award-nominated Ciarán Hinds as Professor Serebryakov, who has previously starred in Translations at the National Theatre and the world premiere of Girl from the North Country. 

The cast is completed by Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena, Anna Calder Marshall as Nana, Deabhla Molloy as Grandmaman and Peter Wight as Telegin. You won’t want to miss them deliver the performances of a lifetime.

What did critics have to say about Uncle Vanya?

Receiving unanimous praise from theatre critics, this production of Uncle Vanya is considered to be one of the best ever revivals staged in the West End. So, if you’re wanting to see an old story in a new light, you’ll want to book Uncle Vanya tickets. Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what theatre critics had to say about Uncle Vanya:

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“This is both a play and a production that speaks to the yearning chasms of existential despair in life, love, aspiration, inheritance and unfulfilled ambitions… it is at once an unstintingly bleak portrait of the state of an unhappy family and the stultifying dull lives they’re enduring in rural Russia, yet also so imbued with a recognisable humanity that it is also a heartfelt portrait in that very sense of endurance and the necessity to do so, against the odds.”
★★★★
Mark Shenton
LondonTheatre.co.uk

“Ian Rickson’s exquisite production is full of energy… It does not radically reinvent or revolutionise Chekov’s 19th-century story. It returns us to the great, mournful spirit of Chekhov’s tale about unrequited love, ageing and disappointment in middle-age, while giving it a sleeker, modern beat. McPherson’s script has a stripped, vivid simplicity which quickens the pace of the drama, and despite its contemporary language – Vanya swears and uses such terms as “wanging on” – it does not grate or take away from the melancholic poetry.”
★★★★★
Arifa Akbar
The Guardian

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“Uncle Vanya is a character that has had Toby Jones’s name written all over it for a while. Jones has arrived at stardom. Assisted by a nuanced, if occasionally foul-mouthed new version by Conor McPherson, he delivers a bravura performance, even more affecting this time round.”
★★★★
Dominic Cavendish
The Telegraph