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"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.
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London N1 1RL
Performance days & times
Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm
Friday ‑ 7‑45pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm
Author: Anton Chekhov based on Brendan Murray's adaptation
Director: James Stone
Production: Tales Retold