Russia’s foremost actors will star in the West End transfer of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters, directed by internationally respected film/theatre director and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky. First produced at Moscow’s Mossovet State Academic Theatre, both plays will run in rep for a strictly limited season at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 23rd April to 3rd May 2014.
The all-Russian cast will star in both productions, drawing on the striking similarities between Chekhov’s two most celebrated plays. Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters be performed in their original Russian with English surtitles with a full cast including: Aleksandr Domogarov, Julia Vysotskaya, Pavel Derevyanko, Aleksandr Filippenko, Vladas Bagdonas, Natalia Vdovina, Alksandr Bobrovsky, Larisa Kuznetsova, Galina Bob, Aleksey Grishin, Vitaly Kishchenko.
Vanya, Yelena, Astrov and Sonya are all in love: with the past, with ideals and with each other.
As their universe shifts around them, they struggle to keep their emotions at bay in an exquisitely evoked comedy of trials and tribulations of the human condition.
Following the death of their father, who had been the commander of the local army post, sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff are leading lonely and purposeless lives. They dream of returning to Moscow, where life has richness and meaning.
Their brother’s marriage to lowly peasant girl Natasha increases their sense of futility. She encroaches on their family home until even that meagre refuge is lost to them. When the army post is decommissioned, they renew their resolve to find hope and purpose.