“Uplifting” and “small in stature but big in heart” – see what reviewers have said about Theatrical Niche’s pacey, new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Take a look at what they said, then book your tickets.
Theatrical Niche’s production, which is adapted from Chekhov’s famous play by Venetia Twigg, runs at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre until 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.
What’s being said about Theatrical Niche’s Uncle Vanya on Twitter
— Speakingmadeeasy (@Speakingmadeea2) November 23, 2019
Went to support the always fantastic @TheatricalNiche & I was not disappointed. Moving performances from the cast,strong direction from @nadpap26 a beautiful & emotive dance from MD @Lady_ALawrence lighting & sound added intensity and honoured the overall vision. Congratulations
— Sheri (@SheriSadd7) November 22, 2019
— Theatrical Niche Ltd (@TheatricalNiche) November 25, 2019
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 Jeremy Drakes in 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!