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Uncle Vanya at West Yorkshire Playhouse

The North’s premier producing house presents a new version by Samuel Adamson

Uncle Vanya

Chekhov’s gripping Uncle Vanya hits the Playhouse stage for the first time in its history, in a vibrant, newly-commissioned version by playwright Samuel Adamson. Fresh from Of Mice and Men, his sold-out Playhouse debut, and his acclaimed Untold Stories as part of our Alan Bennett Season, Associate Director Mark Rosenblatt brings Chekhov’s masterpiece to the Quarry Stage from 28th February – 21st March.

David plays Vanya, leading a wonderful ensemble cast, in this dark, funny, romantic exploration of cross-purposed love, bitter jealousy and family dysfunction. Dick Bird, whose recent work includes Kate Bush’s sell-out show, Before The Dawn, designs.

Tea’s cold, lunch is late and the great Professor has turned out to be a total fraud – for Uncle Vanya, life has gone wonky, it’s gone to hell. Only one thing can save him – a glamorous woman’s love, or so he believes. But she’s not interested either. And what’s worse, she’s married to the Professor. Uncle Vanya explores a unique family’s struggle to make sense of a baffling universe.

In rehearsal: David Ganly (Vanya) and company. Photographer: Anthony Robling

In rehearsal: David Ganly (Vanya) and company. Photographer: Anthony Robling

First published in 1897, Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya has come to be considered one of the great plays of 19th century, widely studied and often performed. The first stage production was directed by Konstantin Stanislavski, opening at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1899. Appreciated widely for its themes of loneliness, love and hope, Uncle Vanya remains an enduringly powerful reflection on the purpose of life.

The cast for Uncle Vanya is completed by John Bett, Ryan Kiggell, Anne Lacey, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Eve Pearce, Georgina Rylance, Graham Turner, and West Yorkshire Playhouse graduate actor David Leopold.

Uncle Vanya is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 28th February – 21st March 2015. Evenings: Tue – Sat 7.30pm ; matinees: Thu and Sat 1.30pm. Tickets are priced between £12 and £28 with concessions. Book online at wyp.org.ukor call box office on 0113 213 7700.

Read Entertainment Focus’ five-star reviews of Untold Stories and Of Mice and Men.

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