|Iain Glen, Caroline Blakiston & Marlene Sidaway in Uncle Vanya. Photo credit: Sheila Burnett|
Print Room's Uncle Vanya returns in June due to demand
Date: 25 April 2012
The Print Room's current revival of Uncle Vanya, which closes on 28 April, will return for a three week run from 18 June to 7 July 2012 due to demand.
Directed by Lucy Bailey using Mike Poulton's adaptation, the production stars Iain Glen in the title role alongside Marlene Sidaway, William Houston, David Yelland, David Shaw-Parker, Charlotte Emmerson, Caroline Blakiston, Lucinda Millward and Andrew Hanratty.
First published in 1897, Uncle Vanya finds an elderly Professor and his glamorous wife visiting a rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle.
Vanya an Astrov fall for Elena and Sonya (the Professor's daughter) meanwhile suffers from the awareness of her own lack of beauty and from her unrequited feelings for Dr Astrov. Matters are brought to a crisis when the Professor announces his intention to sell the estate, Vanya and Sonya's home and raison d'être, with a view to investing the proceeds to achieve a higher income for himself and his wife.
Uncle Vanya was Chekhov’s twelfth play, following The Three Sisters. It was a redraft of the great Russian dramatist and short story writer’s earlier work, The Demon. It received its premiere at the Moscow Arts Theatre in 1899.
The Print Room was founded in 2008 by artistic directors Anda Winters and Lucy Bailey.
|I saw this show the night before it closed in April. To be part of the audience where you are so close that you are part of the play is an indescribable experience. You feel the same claustrophobia as the characters and the same helplessness and at times hopelessness as well. To be so close to such gifted actors, to watch their every breath, to feel their every joy and see their every tear is a masterclass in superb acting. I happened to be quite close to Uncle Vanya (Iain Glen) as he discovers the woman he covets kissing another man-totally amazing. In a few moments you watch him go from shock at their discovery to disbelief to dismay. The roses, his gift, trembling in his now lowered hand and finally his tears of utter despair. You're heart bleeds for him. This is such an incredible ensemble. There is no weak link among them. And the whole is far greater than the uber-talented individuals. They play off of each others strengths and weaknesses like a perfect orchestra in one harmonious and beautiful sound. It is little wonder the first run sold-out and is being returning for a few short weeks June18 to July 7th. If you love Chekov or have never experienced its depth, richness & timelessness, do not miss this show. Seldom will you ever see it done better. But hurry. Because of the limited seating, it sells out fast. - K M Cavuoti||28 Jun 12|
|Great news, Great show! - coral||26 Apr 12|
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