Review: Uncle Vanya

4 star rating
This is a play that entangles you in interest and expertly leaves you interrogating the relationships that the characters hold.
Uncle Vanya at Camden People's Theatre

Image: Inkwell Productions



Closes here: Wednesday 28 March 2018

Author:
Anton Chekhov, adapted by James Nash

Director:
Ned Caderni

Cast:

Seàn Bennett - Ivan

Keelan Swift-Stalley - Mikhail

Caoimhe Blair - Yelena

Beth Bacon - Sonya

Jonny Walczak - Alexander

Joe Millet - Ilya

Emily Westaway - Marina

Ned Caderni - Workman


Synopsis


A retired professor and his wife Yelena return to their country estate after life in the city.


Their presence disrupts the lives of those on the estate, especially to Ivan and Sonya, who have managed it in their absence.


Against the boredom of their provincial existence, those on the estate realise where they are in their lives, and how it is not where they want to be.


Ivan and his friend Mikhail find themselves falling in love with Yelena.


At the same time, Sonya is dealing with her own unrequited feelings for Mikhail.


And there is an event on the horizon which will change all their lives forever.


Background


Inkwell Productions is a theatre company run by students from across the country.


They aim to produce high quality, accessible theatre of all types, including some well known classics, while also helping and supporting new works to gain traction.


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Henry Thomas-Aldridgr

Performance date: Monday 26 March 2018
Review star rating image for 3 stars

This production of Anton Chekhov's play promotes a fresh-faced cast in front of numerous onstage themes.


The boredom of rural life is suddenly sparked into action as urban problems vacate to the countryside and this play communicates a number of interweaving thoughts that are put together in an exciting performance.


Directed by Ned Caderni, this is a play that entangles you in interest and expertly leaves you interrogating the relationships that the characters hold.



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