Stage Russia HD (Vakhtangov Theatre): Rimas Tuminas' reimagining of Anton Chekhov's tale about broken illusions and dashed hopes is freed from its traditional trappings, leaving behind a battlefield for passions and colliding ambitions. We are given an empty space from which life has departed, a theatre space with grey slips, a plaster of Paris lion – a symbol of Petersburg, perhaps the ancestor who built the house came from there, a workbench made out of rough boards, an old sofa, several chairs of different colours. This «Uncle Vanya» is about what Chekhov’s characters think and what they admit to only at moments of emotional turmoil. They are at times tongue-tied or overly brutal, but their revelations break out of them fervently, desperately just as a man breaks out of a stuffy room into the open air. A Golden Mask Winner for Best Drama, featuring the inimitable Sergey Makovetskiy as Voynitsky.
180 minutes (with one 15 minute intermission included)
Russian with English subtitles.
Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky — Sergey Makovetskiy
Aleksandr Vladimirovich Serebryakov — Vladimir Simonov
Elena Andreevna — Anna Dubrovskaya
Sofia Alexandrovna (Sonya) — Eugenia Kregzhde
Maria Vasilyevna Voynitskay — Liudmila Maksakova
Mikhail Lvovich Astrov — Artur Ivanov
Ilya Ilych Telegin — Yury Kraskov
Marina Timofeevna — Inna Alabina
Efim, a workman — Sergey Epishev
Michael Earley is a Professor of Drama and an Academic Adviser to Stage Russia. He was formerly Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Sidcup, London (2009-2017). He is also producer of the Upper Church at Summerhall performance space in Edinburgh, Scotland, which presents an ambitious season of productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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