Thursday, May 23

Tag: Madeleine Gray

Uncle Vanya – Orange Tree Theatre
London

Uncle Vanya – Orange Tree Theatre

Trevor Nunn directs this powerful reincarnation of Uncle Vanya, which meditates on human love, the spaces we inhabit, and the purpose we cultivate for ourselves. The design and setting of this version remain in 1897 - the time contemporary to Chekhov’s writing - while the written text itself also remained largely faithful to the original. The added humour was refreshing, which invited the essence of the piece into the mouths of the 21st Century actors without diverting or detracting from Chekov’s original. For example, the professor’s demand “Friends, lend me your ears” was quickly followed by the quip “I’ll give them back at the end” - with no harm done to the plot! The acting was simply faultless; phenomenal performances were offered by each and every actor. In particular, Andrew Ric...