About the showOlivier Award-winning theatre troupe Maly Drama Theatre return to the West End, bringing two of their most celebrated productions back to the stage. Chekhov’s well-known play Uncle Vanya opens the season, playing for a strictly limited run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Originally hailing from St. Petersburg, Maly Drama Theatre are one of the world’s leading companies, swiping multiple awards for their apt takes on Russian texts. In 1988, the company became the first international group to win an Olivier Award, for their production of Stars in the Morning Sky. Further awards include state prizes and Golden Mask Awards.
Uncle Vanya is the well-known tragicomic masterpiece that follows the quiet lives of Vanya, and his niece Sonya. Sacrificing his management of his own estate, Vanya hands it back over to his former brother-in-law and Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov.
But when the Professor returns from the city hand-in-hand with his young and glamourous wife Yelena, Vanya and Sonya’s lives are thrown into turmoil. First performed in 1898, the play has become renowned as representing dashed dreams, eternal love and thwarted hopes, and has been performed across the world.
Casting includes Sergey Kuryshev as the titular character, alongside Ekatirina Tarasova as Sonya, Igor Ivanov as Professor Serebryakov and Ksenia Rappoport as Yelena, as well as Igor Chernevich, Ivan Chepura, Natalia Akimova, Oleg Ryazanstev and Vera Bykova.
Directed by the company’s Artistic Director Lev Dodin, who has helmed Maly Drama Theatre for over 35 years, this definitive interpretation of Uncle Vanya has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike. The production is presented by Oliver King and Ekaterina Kashyntseva for Belka Productions, with the support of Roman Abramovich, Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Yuri Shefler and Alexander Machkevitch.
Kicking off the highly-anticipated season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Uncle Vanya plays at the London venue from May 15th to May 17th 2018.
Uncle Vanya is performed in Russian with English surtitles.
Who Should See It?Fans of Chekhov’s well-known play have the opportunity to see one of the world’s leading companies perform the text in its mother-tongue. Those who enjoy dramas and something a little different should visit the production.
Uncle Vanya is recommended for those aged 16 and up.