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