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Uncle Vanya

by Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
directed by Stephen Oliver

Uncle Vanya

"I always used to think cranks were ill or abnormal, until I realised that to be a crank was man's normal condition"
Uncle Vanya is arguably the first great modernist drama, full of ambiguities and contradictions, delicately balancing the tragic and the absurd, the farcical and the hauntingly poetic. Maxim Gorky wrote that "its ideas are huge, symbolic and its form original, incomparable". Certainly its themes, particularly the passing of time and the process of ageing, are universal. Trapped in the claustrophobic depths of rural Russia, Chekhov's assortment of all-too-human characters drive each other mad, as the arrival of two outsiders forces the incumbents to re-examine the choices they have made. Old wounds are reopened, passions awakened, thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface and lives are turned upside down. Our adaptation is by Oscar-winning playwright Christopher Hampton, who has said, "Uncle Vanya doesn't have a suicide, like The Seagull, or an adulterous couple and a duel like Three Sisters. All it has is a series of ludicrously bungled attempts at murder and suicide and adultery. Perhaps these failures are what makes it feel the saddest and most truthful" of Chekhov's great tragi-comic masterpieces.

Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 January 2015
· Saturday 24th January @ 7.45
· Sunday 25th January @ 3.00
· Monday 26th January @ 7.45
· Tuesday 27th January @ 7.45
· (Wednesday 28th January - no performance)
· Thursday 29th January @ 7.45
· Friday 30th January @ 7.45
· Saturday 31st January @ 3.00
· Saturday 31st January @ 7.45 No performance on Wednesday 28th

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  2. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  3. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  4. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  5. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  6. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  7. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  8. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  9. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  10. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  11. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  12. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  13. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  14. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  15. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  16. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  17. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  18. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  19. Collaborators - John Hodge
  20. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  21. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  22. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  23. The White Devil - John Webster
  24. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  25. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  26. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  27. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  28. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  29. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  30. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  31. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  32. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  33. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  34. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  35. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  36. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  37. Othello - William Shakespeare
  38. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  39. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  40. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  41. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  42. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  43. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  44. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  45. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  46. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  47. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  48. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  49. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  50. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  51. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  52. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  53. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  54. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  55. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  56. In the Club - Richard Bean
  57. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  58. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  59. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  60. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  61. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  62. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  63. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  64. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  65. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  66. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  67. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  68. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  69. King John - William Shakespeare
  70. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  71. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  72. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  73. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  74. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  75. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  76. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  77. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  78. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  79. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  80. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  81. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  82. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  83. Iron - Rona Munro
  84. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  85. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  86. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  87. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  88. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  89. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  90. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  91. Harvey - Mary Chase
  92. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  93. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
Richmond Shakespeare Society
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Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
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“The end crowns all, and that old common arbitrator, time, will one day end it” Troilus & Cressida, Act iv, Sc.5