National Theatre: Vanya
Broadcast, National Theatre Live

Date and time
Thu 22nd February 2024 at 7:00pm
infrequent strong language, moderate threat, suicide references

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Cast: Andrew Scott

Adapted by Simon Stephens, after Anton Chekhov

Directed by Sam Yates

Recorded Live

Uncle Vanya is a tragic play examining the hopelessness of country life in Russia during the late 19th century. Vanya struggled all his life in the name of his brother-in-law while taking care of his estate and child, Sonya. In this life, at least, there are no rewards.

This astonishing version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is a tour-de-force by the actor Andrew Scott in which he takes on eight roles while all the time preserving the perfect balance of comedy and tragedy that makes this the most humane of plays. What could have felt like a gimmick becomes a revelation.

(1hr 50mins, no interval)