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Casting announced for new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Uncle VanyaCasting is announced for Anya Reiss’ new version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, directed by Russell Bolam.

John Hannah stars as Vanya, returning to the stage for the first time since 2008, after his role in Sky One’s epic, to star alongside Amanda Boxer, Joe Dixon, Alan Francis, and Amanda Hale. Further casting to be announced.

Reiss’ adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a 21st century audience, revealing the universal difficulties of impossible love, longing and regret.

A respected professor returns to his farmland which has been managed without him for many years. He brings with him a new, beautiful, young wife. Their arrival turns the lives of the residents and his family upside down forcing everyone to re-examine their choices. Old wounds are reopened, passions are awakened and thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface, threatening the lives of everyone involved.

Anya Reiss began writing plays at the age of 14 when she became a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme and her debut play, The Spur of the Moment, premiered there in 2010 when she was 17, winning her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. In 2011, producer Emily Dobbs brought Reiss and Bolam together to work on a series of productions which would reimagine Chekhov for a new audience. The Seagull opened at Southwark Playhouse to sell-out success in 2012 and was followed by Three Sisters at the same venue in 2014. Uncle Vanya is the third production uniting this creative team and will further the fusion of a classic voice with a contemporary vitality.

Jagged Fence Productions will bring Uncle Vanya to the stage as part of the ONE STAGE season running September to December at the St. James Theatre. It is supported by Stage One, the charity which supports emerging commercial theatre producers. This new version of Uncle Vanya was commissioned by Emily Dobbs on behalf of Jagged Fence Productions. Janet Bird will design, with lighting by Johanna Town, music by Isobel Waller Bridge and casting by Hayley Kaimakliotis.

Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents UNCLE VANYA
By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss
St. James Theatre, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA
Wed 8 October – 8 November 2014
Press Night: Mon 13 October 2014, 7pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm
Ticket Prices: £49.50, £39.50, £29.50, £15*
*Tickets are limited in number. Book early to avoid disappointment

Box Office: 0844 264 2140

St. James Theatre, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA
Wed 3 September – Sat 13 December 2014


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