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The Print Room presents UNCLE VANYA starring Iain Glen and Charlotte Emmerson

The Print Room presents 

UNCLE VANYA 


Starring Iain Glen and Charlotte Emmerson 

The Print Room,  34 Hereford Road, London, W2 5AJ

A new stage adaptation by Mike Poulton
Directed by Lucy Bailey
Designed by William Dudley

The Print Room’s Co-Artistic Director Lucy Bailey directs Mike Poulton’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s enduring masterpiece on frustrated longing and wasted lives, starring Iain Glen and Charlotte Emmerson. This will be Poulton’s fourth stage adaptation of the play revised for a contemporary audience, following two for Derek Jacobi (Chichester and Broadway) and one for the Mercury Theatre Colchester.

Olivier Award nominated actor Iain Glen is known for roles both on stage and screen, including Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey alongside Game of Thrones (2011), The Crucible (2007), Hedda Gabler (2006), A Streetcar Named Desire (2002), The Blue Room (1998), Henry V (1994), Silent Scream (1980). Charlotte Emmerson has appeared in The Seagull (2003), The Postman Always Rings Twice (2005) at the Playhouse Theatre (directed by Lucy Bailey), Tom Stoppard’s Coast of Utopia Trilogy (2005) and The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre, both directed by Trevor Nunn.

Lucy Bailey, Co-Artistic Director of The Print Room, has previously directed Tennesse Williams’ Kingdom of Earth, Alan Ayckbourn’s Snake in the Grass and Pasolini’s Fabrication at the venue and has also recently secured widespread critical acclaim for an increasing list of titles, from Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC’s Julius Caesar (2009, Roundhouse 2011) as well as West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Dial M for Murder (2009) and Private Lives at Hampstead (2008). Lucy currently directs The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC, opening in January 2012.

Mike Poulton's adaptation of Chekhov’s play follows on from his highly acclaimed version of Schiller’s Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse (June 2011) and the current critically acclaimed production of Ibsen’s Judgement Day at The Print Room, starring Michael Pennington.

William Dudley has designed for over 70 productions across England and New York, winning him seven Olivier Awards for Best Set Design, including for All My Sons at the National Theatre Lyttleton (2001), and for Hitchcock Blonde at the Royal Court and Lyric Theatre in (2004), and a Critics’ Circle Award (2002) for Coast of Utopia at the National Theatre Olivier. He recently designed Snake in the Grass at the Print Room earlier this year.

The Print Room was founded in 2008 by Artistic Directors Anda Winters and Lucy Bailey. Their first production, Fabrication by Pier Paolo Pasolini, opened in November 2010. Other work includes Alan Ayckbourn’s rare thriller Snake in the Grass (February / March ‘11), Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth, a festival of work presented by young theatre makers (The Devils Festival, June ‘11) and Young Vic co-production One For The Road (2011) alongside the current run of Judgement Day. Uncle Vanya by Russia’s greatest playwright sees The Print Room in a one-off from presenting new and rarely performed plays.

First published in 1897, Uncle Vanya finds an elderly Professor and his glamorous wife visiting a rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Vanya an Astrov fall for Elena and Sonya (the Professor's daughter) meanwhile suffers from the awareness of her own lack of beauty and from her unrequited feelings for Dr. Astrov. Matters are brought to a crisis when the Professor announces his intention to sell the estate, Vanya and Sonya's home and raison d'être, with a view to investing the proceeds to achieve a higher income for himself and his wife.

Uncle Vanya was Chekhov’s twelfth play, following The Three Sisters. It was a redraft of the great Russian dramatist and short story writer’s earlier work, The Demon. It received its premiere at the Moscow Arts Theatre in 1899.

Uncle Vanya plays at The Print Room from 21 March to 28 April. Tickets £20 from www.the-print-room.org 

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