Sydney Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya

Thursday, August 04, 2011 - Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sydney Theatre Company returns with an exclusive U.S. engagement of Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Chekhov's tragicomedy Uncle Vanya, starring Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Jacki Weaver, and Hugo Weaving.


$59.00 - $135.00

Run Time:

2 hours, 45 minutes

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From Sydney Theatre Company--the team that brought 2009's smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire--comes an exclusive U.S. engagement of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, another tale of high drama in low society. On a dilapidated, remote farm Uncle Vanya (Richard Roxburgh) and his niece Sonya (Hayley McElhinney) have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now Professor Serebryakov (John Bell) and his wife Yelena (Cate Blanchett) have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption. Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov (Hugo Weaving) are not helpful. Lunch is no longer served at lunch time--now it is procrastinated until dusk--work is forgotten and the long, cool nights have become sleepless. From this hotbed of disarray grow three consuming love affairs, each of which is destined to wither in disappointment before it has reached bloom. It is in this climate of frustration and thwarted hopes that the Professor chooses to announce a shocking plan.

The Daily Telegraph calls Uncle Vanya "a triumph. It respects the poignancy of Chekhov's gloriously spare writing and simultaneously revels in the sometimes farcical, often brutal humor…. Each of the performances are excellent." Directed by renowned Chekhov interpreter Tamás Ascher and with a stellar cast including John Bell, Cate Blanchett, Sandy Gore, Hayley McElhinney, Anthony Phelan, Richard Roxburgh, Andrew Tighe, Jacki Weaver, and Hugo Weaving, Uncle Vanya promises to be the can't-miss theater event of the year.


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