A filmed version of the recent West End revival of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya has confirmed that it will release in cinemas internationally on 27th October.
The acclaimed new production, which was closed prematurely by the lockdown earlier this year, was captured for broadcast at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre in the last month. The play, adapted by Conor McPherson (Girl From the North Country, The Weir) and directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, Mojo) features a starry ensemble compromised of: Richard Armitage, Toby Jones, Dearbhla Molloy, Anna Calder-Marshall, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Wood and Peter Wight, all reprising their roles from the run earlier this year. Roger Allam (A Number, Rutherford and Son) replaces an unavailable Ciarán Hinds as the Professor in the filmed version.
All involved in the recording took extra health and safety measures for filming including: self-isolating, undergoing regular tests, wearing additional PPE and socially distancing where possible throughout the process.
Conor McPherson’s adaptation of the famous Chekhov drama follows an estate, and a family, falling into disrepair. The revival saw critical and commercial acclaim when it opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January 2020, receiving four Olivier Award-nominations in March including Best Revival, and Best Actor for Toby Jones in the title role (the results are yet to be announced following delays to the Olivier Awards caused by the pandemic).
Uncle Vanya also features Olivier Award-nominated design and lighting by Rae Smith and Bruno Poet, as well as music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball.
As announced previously, this filmed version of Uncle Vanya will also be broadcast on BBC television as part of the organisation’s Culture in Quarantine program. Although a release date is still to be announced, Uncle Vanya is expected to broadcast on BBC Four before the end of the year.
Tickets for cinema screenings of Uncle Vanya are on sale now.