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Toby Jones and Richard Armitage in Uncle Vanya

Toby Jones and Richard Armitage to star in new production of Uncle Vanya

Kitty Underwood

By Kitty Underwood First Published 25 September 2019, Last Updated 25 September 2019

A new adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by Conor McPherson (Girl from the North Country, The Weir) is on at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January 2020.

Starring Toby Jones (Detectorists, Captain America) as Vanya and Richard Armitage (The Crucible, The Hobbit) as Astrov, the production will be directed by Ian Rickson (Translations, The Seagull). His Olivier Award-winning production of Girl From The North Country is currently running at the Gielgud Theatre – tickets are available here.

Toby Jones may be most recognisable to you as Lance, his BAFTA Award-winning role in charming comedy The Detectorists. He is currently starring in Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. by Caryl Churchill at the Royal Court. He’s also recently been cast in cast in Louis Wain alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy and earlier this year starred in Don’t Forget The Driver, a series he co-wrote with Tim Crouch for BBC 2.

This will be Richard’s first return to the stage in the six years since The Crucible. His recent film credits include Berlin Station, Oceans 8 and he starred famously as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy. He has just wrapped finished shooting thriller series The Stranger for Netflix, in which he plays the lead.

In the depths of summer, Sonya and her Uncle Vanya pass the time on their falling-down estate in rural obscurity. Their only visitor is the local Doctor Astrov.

But when Sonya’s father returns unannounced with Yelena, his beautiful young new wife, he declares his intention to sell the house. While Vanya and Astrov appear to fall under her charms, Sonya is less convinced.

Soon, niceties soon begin to drop and repressed feelings come to the surface.

This tale of love, loss and family tensions is brought to new life with Conor McPherson and with two British acting greats at the helm, this production is sure to bring new poignancy to the sad and dramatic tale.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 30 September, you can sign up to be notified when they’re on sale here.


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