Uncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
Uncle Vanya at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

Uncle Vanya

About the show

Toby Jones and Richard Armitage return to the West End to star in one of Chekhov’s best-known classics, Uncle Vanya. Set in a rural country estate, the darkly funny play about family, love and power is directed by Ian Rickson.

Vanya and his niece Sonya have been looking after the family estate for years, living in solitude save for occasional visits from the local doctor, Astrov. But their quiet lives are upended when Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov, arrives with his glamorous (and much younger) new wife Yelena. As the urban and rural dwellers are thrust together in a tangle of unrequited love and complicated family ties, Chekhov’s unique wit and incisive dramatic voice is in full power.

Uncle Vanya premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1899. It has received innumerable revivals since, with actors including Michael Gambon and Peter Dinklage taking on the title role.

Toby Jones plays Vanya in this new production. A prolific actor of both stage and screen, his credits include the Olivier Award-winning The Play What I Wrote (2001) and Witness for the Prosecution (BBC, 2016). He previously collaborated with Ian Rickson for The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2018.

Richard Armitage co-stars as Astrov. He was last seen on-stage in The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre. On screen, he is best known as Thorin in The Hobbit film franchise, with other roles in Hannibal (2015) and Berlin Station (2016).

The cast also includes Ciaran Hinds (Closer; Translations) as Professor Serebryakov, Aimee Lou Wood (Netflix's Sex Education) as Sonya, and Rosalind Eleazar (The Starry Messenger) as Yelena.

Uncle Vanya is adapted by Conor McPherson (Girl From the North Country) and directed by Olivier Award nominee Ian Rickson, who most recently directed Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke in Rosmersholm (2019).

With a stellar cast breathing new life into Chekhov’s perceptive and darkly funny play, Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre opens for a limited run from January 2020.

Recommended for

Any fans of Russian dramatists won’t want to miss out on this new version of Uncle Vanya. With deft adaptation from Conor McPherson and the inimitable Toby Jones starring, this is sure to be a superlative take on a classic.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 14 Jan 2020
Press night: 23 Jan 2020
Booking from: 01 May 2020
Booking until: 02 May 2020

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

93 Reviews Add review

Loved this adaptation. Laugh out loud funny at times, superb acting from all of the cast with the tide of despair coming through so... More

leepeddie 176, 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Beautifully staged and directed, this is a mesmerising production with a solid cast who all give exceptional performances. The lighting... More

rikkiONshow 178cm, 355 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this show. The set was GORGEOUS yet simple so I was impressed from the start. The actors were all excellent and I... More

mattharrison1 5’11”, 20 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A brilliant version of Chekhov's play - beautifully staged, modernised with relevant themes in today's world. A stellar cast that comes... More

kabirnaidoo 6'1", 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was a very 'light' version of Uncle Vanya with a great cast including Richard Armitage and Toby Jones. Wonderful direction and... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Amazing show. Great balance between light comedic atmosphere and the more somber topics that define the play. The cast was absolute... More

filipas 171cm, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Surprisingly funny, very earthy Chekhov in a new adaptation by Conor McPherson. The two leads were spectacular. A massive part of the... More

sonjakroll 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic performances and at its heart a tense and sad story this was a surprisingly witty fast-paced and sharp adaptation.

elained8 1 review, 0 helpful votes

suew1 5"7, 43 reviews, 2 helpful votes