Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

4.6 (18) · Classic Drama

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece

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10 January 2020  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“There is no doubt about it, Ian Rickson’s revival of Uncle Vanya in a new adaptation by Conor McPherson is quality stuff. There are times when it makes Chekhov’s play shimmer. Although there are times too when it feels as if it is trying just a mite too hard and is a little too self-conscious about its own sensitivity. But goodness, you can’t complain about a production that brings real dramatic and emotional ballast to the West End. Thank god, that producer Sonia Friedman continues to do this stuff because it can’t come cheap, and if this isn’t an evening to make you see Chekhov afresh it is one full of gorgeous detail. Who knew that watching someone watching someone try his shoelaces could be so fascinating.”
“This play has a fantastic cast & creative team so it's no surprise this production of Uncle Vanya has been such a hit with the critics. It's directed by the legendary Ian Rickson and BAFTA & Olivier Award-winner Toby Jones is playing Uncle Vanya. Richard Armitage is returning to the stage for the first time since his Olivier-nominated role in The Crucible to play Astrov and it's also the West End debut of the marvellous Aimee Lou Wood who has shot to fame in Netflix's Sex Education.”


In the heat of summer, Sonya and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their days on a crumbling estate deep in the countryside, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage).

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece, Uncle Vanya, is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th Century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.

Critically acclaimed director Ian Rickson returns to Chekhov for the first time since his landmark production of The Seagull in 2007, reuniting with BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Toby Jones (The Birthday Party) alongside Richard Armitage, who returns to the UK stage six years after his Olivier
Award-nominated performance in The Crucible.

Critic reviews

There is no doubt about it, Ian Rickson’s revival of Uncle Vanya is quality stuff

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

New adaptation feels almost impossibly contemporary

The Times

Toby Jones triumphs in perfect Chekhov

The Guardian

A gripping, if somewhat suffocating, production

The Independent

Toby Jones is phenomenal in this tender take on Chekhov’s masterpiece

Time Out

Toby Jones gives a typically rich performance in a lucid and affecting take on Chekhov's play of yearning

The Stage

Toby Jones is in his comic prime in a retooled Chekhov for our times

Evening Standard

Toby Jones is stunning in this sensitive but safe production

The Telegraph

That’s basically the review – it does what it says on the tin

The Upcoming

There isn't a bad performance on the stage


A superlative company achievement

The Arts Desk

The adaption, cast and direction, gives this classic tragicomedy an energetic, relevant, modern feel

West End Wilma

Conor McPherson’s reworking of this dacha-based melodrama has nicely millennial-ised Chekhov's original


It's a delight to see the ensemble execute the twists and turns of the peerless prose

Broadway World

The highly anticipated adaptation by Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson of Uncle Vanya has now arrived, and it does not disappoint

A Younger Theatre

I did spot a samovar but this is certainly no cliched production

London Box Office

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 14 Jan - Sat 2 May, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 30 mins


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