uncle vanya

writer: ANTON CHEKHOV / adaptation by: BRENDAN MURRAY / director: JAMES STONE
23 Apr - 11 May 2019
7:45pm
£15/£12
Tues - Sat

Tales Retold presents UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov in an abridged version based on Brendan Murray’s adaptation

“When real life is wanting one must create an illusion. It is better than nothing.”

Uncle Vanya’s learned brother-in-law returns to the family estate with his new young wife, Yelena. This is enough to break the fragile surface tension, the thin layer of delusion, which thus far has contained the more toxic realities of family life. Drink flows, and soon father, daughter, uncle and all become embroiled in a passionate crescendo of domestic unrest – opening wounds, breaking hearts and putting the future of the whole estate in peril.

Following its acclaimed, 5 star, all-female production of Antigone, Tales Retold returns to the Hope with a new, reduced version of this Chekhov classic. In a tense and richly distilled study of the dysfunctional family, this production engages with the inherent bleak humour of the piece – a portrait of stagnant domesticity in Nineteenth Century Russia, which still chimes rather uncomfortably today.

Previous reviews for Tales Retold productions:

‘The adaptation by Brendan Murray is taut & beautifully rendered’ London Pub Theatres

‘It thoroughly intrigued me from start to finish’ There Ought to be Clowns

Lively and futuristic all-female take on an ancient classic’ The Stage

‘For audience members out for an evening’s intense drama, nothing could be more rewarding’ British Theatre Guide

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets.

The performance lasts approximately 75 mins without interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds and exchanges are not available.

booking:

telephone bookings:
0333 666 3366
(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)

(booking fees apply, fees for telephone sales will be higher)

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booking:
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0333 666 3366
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