Uncle Vanya – Harold Pinter Theatre

Cultural Capital

Uncle Vanya - Harold Pinter Theatre (by Johan Persson)

“Life is the same only worse,” a sentiment that seems to reflect so much about our mood in the last few years, spoken by Uncle Vanya in Conor McPherson’s new version of the play. Notably departing from Chekhov’s original here and there, this adaptation, which has a little settling to do ahead of its Press Night later this week, emphasises the comedy scenarios and personalities in Chekhov’s timeless play while still drawing out its major themes – ageing, purposelessness, the challenge of intellectualism in rural societies and, modern audiences may be surprised to note, even climate change.

Uncle Vanya is a play that rarely leaves the West End for long with at least three major productions in a decade. In fact, Chekhov has felt very much in vogue of late with several productions in the last few years taking illuminating approaches to his best-known works. Famously heavy-going and often encased…

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~ by Servetus on January 20, 2020.

2 Responses to “Uncle Vanya – Harold Pinter Theatre”

  1. This is such a great review for Richard Armitage. I don’t know anything about Cultural Capital, but I hope this is a taste of what’s to come.

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  2. Lovely to read such high praise of Richard’s performance.

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