Saturday, 19 March 2011

Belgrade to stage new adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya

From Sat 2 to Sat 23 April Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre will be staging a brand-new version of Anton Chekhov’s comic masterpiece, Uncle Vanya in the intimate B2 auditorium.

The story follows retired celebrity, Professor Serebryakov, and his beautiful trophy wife Yelena who return to their managed country estate, turning the humdrum lives of everyone around them upside down in the process. As the play progresses simmering tensions boil over into a series of heartfelt revelations and emotionally charged confrontations that bring disaster to the once quiet lives of those on the estate.

Adapted by Helena Kaut-Howson and Jon Strickland, this brand new production looks at Chekhov’s masterpiece afresh in a bid to rediscover the heart of the play – a tragicomic, poignant story of wasted lives and unrequited love, thwarted passion and enduring hope.

Helena Kaut-Howson, who will also be directing the production, said: “This tragicomic play is widely considered Chekhov’s most popular work, being arguably both the funniest and the saddest of all his plays. It is a story about ordinary people yet it asks profound questions and this new adaptation aims to highlight the humour without sacrificing the poignance of the story.”

Helena Kaut-Howson is an internationally acclaimed director having worked extensively in Europe, Canada and the UK. From 1991 to 1995 she was Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd where she won a Peter Brook Open Space Award for her wide-ranging body of work and she is currently an associate and teacher for RADA and LAMDA. Uncle Vanya will be Helena’s second production for the Belgrade Theatre after directing The Beggars Opera in 1991.

Jon Strickland, who adapted the text with Helena, will also play the title role of Vanya alongside Simon Gregor as Astrov.

Tickets for Uncle Vanya are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or via priced from £6.75 to £12.75. 

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