Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Samuel West will star in Lindsay Posner’s new production of Uncle Vanya this autumn.
Adapted by Christopher Hampton, Chekhov’s drama about the trials and tribulations of the human condition will run at the Vaudeville theatre from 24 October (press night 2 November).
Hampton’s adaptation of the Russian playwright’s masterpiece combines sparkling wit and earthy humour to tell the story of four individuals, all in love with ideals, the past and each other, as they struggle to keep their emotions at bay.
Best known for his appearances in TV series Messiah, Rebus and The Vice, Stott will reunite with director Posner to play the title role in his new production having previously worked together on A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York’s theatre. The actor’s other theatre credits include Art at the Wyndham’s theatre and God Of Carnage at the Gielgud and on Broadway.
Returning to the West End stage following her 2009 appearance in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Pushing Daisies’ Friel will take on the role of the beautiful Yelena alongside West, star of the Royal Court’s Enron, who will play the introspective philosopher Astrov.
Posner’s recent work in the West End includes the hit comedy Noises Off, which is currently playing at the Novello theatre, Death And The Maiden, Butley and An Ideal Husband.
His production of Uncle Vanya will open at the Vaudeville theatre following Paul Merton’s new stand-up comedy show Out Of My Head.