Toby Jones & Richard Armitage star in Conor McPherson’s Vanya adaptation at Harold Pinter

Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece Uncle Vanya, starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage, and directed by Ian Rickson, will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from January, it has been announced today.

In the heat of summer, Sonya and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage).

But 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.

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.

Critically acclaimed director Ian Rickson returns to Chekhov for the first time since his landmark production of The Seagull in 2007, reuniting with BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Toby Jones (The Birthday Party) alongside Richard Armitage, who returns to the UK stage six years after his Olivier Award-nominated performance in The Crucible

This autumn Toby will return to the Royal Court Theatre in Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp; four plays written by Caryl Churchill and directed by James Macdonald. 

The role of Astrov will be played by Richard Armitage. Richard is a multi-award-winning stage and screen actor best known for his role of Thorin in Peter Jackson’s trilogy of The Hobbit and more recently as Daniel Miller in Epix Berlin Station, as well as Claude Becker in Oceans 8.

In theatre, Richard is well known for his critically acclaimed performance as John Proctor in The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre.

Conor McPherson’s plays include Rum & VodkaThe Good ThiefThis Lime Tree BowerSt NicholasThe Weir (Olivier Award, directed by Ian Rickson), Dublin CarolPort AuthorityShining City (Tony Award nomination) and, most recently, the Olivier Award-winning musical, Girl from the North Country, with Bob Dylan.

Uncle Vanya runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from January 14, 2020 until May 2. Tickets go on general sale on Monday.

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