Two time Olivier award-winner Janie Dee is to star in the London premiere of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning Best Play comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Directed by Walter Bobbie (Tony Award winner for Chicago), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will play an eight-week season at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from 21 March to 16 May 2020 (press night is 30 March).
Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star. Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something toy boy, Spike, and so begins a very particular weekend.
Durang’s comedy is one of the most lauded Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking, planetary upheaval and the troubling onset of middle age. More cast to be announced.
Director Bobbie is joined in the creative team by set designer David Korins, costume designer Emily Rebholz, sound designer/original music Mark Bennett and casting by Ginny Schiller.
Janie Dee is one of the UK’s most versatile actors. She won the three most prestigious awards in British theatre; the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Play, as well as the Obie and Theatre World Best Newcomer Award in New York, for her performance as Jacie Triplethree in Alan Ayckbourn’s Comic Potential. She also received the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at the National Theatre and the TMA UK Theatre Award 2013 for Best Performance in a Musical for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Curve, Leicester.
Dee has just completed a critically acclaimed run playing the title role in Linda by Penelope Skinner at Manhattan Theatre Club, NYC, for which she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, and has just starred as Phyllis Rogers Stone in Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies at the National Theatre. She has been nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Performance for her performance in Follies. She is currently playing Mme Dubonnet in The Boyfriend at the Menier Chocolate Factory.