What can we expect from Theatrical Niche’s new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya? There may be some clues in these images straight from the rehearsal room. Take a look, then book your tickets.
Theatrical Niche’s production, which is adapted from Chekhov’s famous play by Venetia Twigg, runs at New Wimbledon Studio from 19 to 23 November 2019 and at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre from 2 to 7 December.
The weary inhabitants of an isolated country household plunge head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives. As the head of the household announces the estate sale for his own gain, the strains of repression begin to bubble, until Vanya hits boiling point.
This updated take on Chekhov’s stunningly prescient Uncle Vanya highlights the farcical nature of the text whilst showcasing captivating physical work inspired by the decline of the bee. In creating and touring the adaptation, the company has worked with leading charity, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which works to increase understanding of bumblebee ecology and conservation, increase the quality and quantity of bumblebee habitat and inspire people to take action against the bumblebee’s decline.
In addition to adapting the play, Twigg also plays Yelena. Matthew Houlihan plays the title role, with Foxey Hardman as Sonia, David Tudor as Dr. Astroff and Mike Aherne (New Wimbledon Theatre) and Jeremy Drakes (Old Red Lion Theatre) sharing the role of Professor Alexandr.
Nadia Papachronopoulou directs Uncle Vanya. Her creative team includes Amy Lawrence (Movement Director), Valentina Turtur (Set Designer), Sam M Owen (Lighting Designer), Rose Montgomery (Costume Designer) and Joseph Bell (Composer).
Uncle Vanya runs at the New Wimbledon Studio, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG from 19-23 November with performances Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm, matinee Saturday 2.45pm. It also runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John St, Islington, London EC1V 4NJ from 2-7 December with performances Monday to Saturday 7pm, matinee Saturday 2pm. Tickets are priced £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Uncle Vanya rehearsal gallery