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‘Can’t think of a better morality for Brexitmas 2018’: UNCLE VANYA – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★

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This Uncle Vanya at Hampstead Theatre one has to revolve around Vanya, and Alan Cox is suitably winning in Vanya’s dismayed, demoralised self-aware failure to count in life, and his hopeless mooning admiration of the lovely Yelena, who has married his awful old brother-in-law the Professor.

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NEWS: Robert Hastie announces his inaugural Sheffield season, opens with Julius Caesar

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Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie has announced his inaugural season for 2017, which includes, at the Crucible, his own productions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and The Wizard of Oz, major class revivals of Desire Under the Elms and Uncle Vanya, two world premieres and a regional premiere.

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Diary of a Theatre Addict: 49 shows in six weeks, getting up to date

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I’ve not updated my diary of a theatre addict for six weeks now — I was last here on January 31 — since when I’ve seen all of 49 shows, including outings to Newbury, Dartford, Clwyd, Manchester, Bromley and Cardiff, plus a week in New York. I’ve also taken an active part in two more shows by appearing onstage as a contestant in a theatrical re-run of Mr and Mrs with husband (so it was really Mr and Mr, we’re pictured above with host Samuel Holmes) and as part of David Bedella and Friends, his monthly chat show at the St James Studio.

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UNCLE VANYA – Almeida Theatre

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Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is best summarised as an update – and an Anglicisation. Played in contemporary clothes, with sprinkled swearwords (so often touted as modern shorthand for “relevance”), Uncle Vanya is now ‘Uncle Johnny’, Professor Serebryakov is simply ‘Alexander’, Dr Astrov is ‘Michael’.

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TICKETS: Mark’s Top Ten recommendations + this week’s openings (15 Feb)

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A Broadway comedy and two British created musicals arrive in the West End this week – one from last summer’s season at Bath’s Theatre Royal, the other after a long stage life of touring regionally and internationally for the last eight years. Will any of them make it to next week’s Top 10 list? This week’s main openings In London: …

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NEWS: Jessica Brown Findlay and Vanessa Kirby join Almeida’s Uncle Vanya cast

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Jessica Brown Findlay (Sonya), Vanessa Kirby (Elena), Richard Lumsden (Telegin), Hilton McRae (Serebryakov), Tobias Menzies (Astrov) and Ann Queensberry (Nanny) join the previously announced Paul Rhys (Vanya) in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a new version created by and directed by Associate Director, Robert Icke, at the Almeida Theatre.

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NEWS: Almeida Theatre announces Little Eyolf and Uncle Vanya

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The Almeida Theatre today announces to new productions for its winter 2015/2016 season. Tickets for the new productions will first go on sale to Almeida Members on Tuesday 8 September and to the public on Tuesday 15 September. THE ALMEIDA CONTINUES TO REINVIGORATE THE CLASSICS WITH A FRESH TAKE ON TWO OF THE 19TH CENTURY’S GREATEST PLAYWRIGHTS RICHARD EYRE FOLLOWS …

NEWS: Almeida Theatre announces Little Eyolf and Uncle Vanya

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The Almeida Theatre today announces to new productions for its winter 2015/2016 season. Tickets for the new productions will first go on sale to Almeida Members on Tuesday 8 September and to the public on Tuesday 15 September. THE ALMEIDA CONTINUES TO REINVIGORATE THE CLASSICS WITH A FRESH TAKE ON TWO OF THE 19TH CENTURY’S GREATEST PLAYWRIGHTS RICHARD EYRE FOLLOWS …