About the showChekhov’s classic drama Uncle Vanya receives a new West End revival in 2020, with Toby Jones (Witness for the Prosecution) and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) starring as Vanya and Astrov.
Set in a country estate managed by Vanya and his niece Sonya, the plays follows the upheaval of quiet rural life as Sonya’s oft-absent father returns to the family home with new wife Yelena. As the men are enamoured by the glamorous young woman and Sonya’s father schemes to sell the family possessions to fund his new urban life, Uncle Vanya offers a dark, witty and sometimes tragic look at unrequited love and power.
Toby Jones stars as Vanya. His previous credits include The Birthday Party (2018) at the Harold Pinter Theatre, Parlour Song (2009) and a starring role in BBC production The Secret Agent.
Richard Armitage starred in the Old Vic Theatre production of The Crucible (2015), earning an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor. His screen credits include Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit and Guy of Gisbourne in the BBC's Robin Hood (2006).
Other casting includes Ciaran Hinds as Professor Serebryakov, Aimee Lou Wood as Sonya and Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena.
Uncle Vanya is adapted by Conor McPherson, who's critically-acclaimed musical Girl From the North Country will soon be hitting the London - and Broadway - stage in 2020. It is directed by Ian Rickson (Rosmersholm, The Birthday Party), with other creatives unconfirmed.
With an unbeatable cast and creative team kickstarting an exciting revival, Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre opens in January 2020.