Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Hampstead Theatre · 30 NOV - 12 JAN

"Don’t be miserable, you wonderful woman; be a mermaid. There’s the ocean; throw yourself in. Fall in love with some poor mortal and drag him down with you. Astonish us!"


On an estate deep in provincial Russia time seems frozen: managing its affairs on behalf of her father, Sonia and her uncle Vanya have consigned themselves to a life of loveless drudgery, enlivened solely by the odd pamphlet from Moscow and the occasional visits of their neighbour, the doctor.

But when Sonia’s father and his stunning second wife Yeliena burst onto the scene, everything is thrown into confusion. As beauty stirs repressed desires and youth teases maturity, years of perilously supressed regrets, longings and unrequited loves threaten to explode into farcical life…

Terry Johnson’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy is charged with the Russian master’s wit and his acute observation of the comic absurdity of human life.

Olivier and Tony Award-winner Terry Johnson returns to Hampstead following his critically acclaimed hit Prism starring Robert Lindsay and Hysteria starring Antony Sher. His many other writing and directing credits include The Graduate and Mrs Henderson Presents (both West End).

Critic reviews

There are vibrant performances in this new version of the Russian masterpiece, directed and written by Johnson

The Guardian

Terry Johnson’s Uncle Vanya makes the most of Chekhov’s comedy

The Stage

Terry Johnson has both adapted and directed this version at Hampstead, providing a translation that elegantly and amusingly adds a lot of punch and purpose


Terry Johnson's witty take on Chekhov more than raises a chuckle

Time Out

Chekhov's poignant melancholy is diluted with a laddish Vanya

Evening Standard

Johnson's Uncle Vanya is a valid rendition of Chekhov's work, and will be a refreshing and interesting take for those who are already acquainted with the Russian playwright

Broadway World

This Chekhov staging looks good but needs far more fury and lust

The Times

Terry Johnson has written a fine new Chekhov adaptation — but the staging is problematic

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 30 Nov - Sat 12 Jan, 3pm & 7.30pm


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