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Vakhtangov Theatre Production: Uncle Vanya

7th November 2012

"Russia´s award-winning theatre company Vakhtangov brings ground-breaking production of UNCLE VANYA to the West End as part of the Russian Season in the West End. 

The Russian Season in the West End is an International Theatre Platform which aims to bring the very best of Russian´s world famous theatre scene to London. The season is a co-operative venture made possible by the active involvement of some of the greats of the international arts, business and media worlds. 


As part of this season award-winning Moscow based Vakhtangov Theatre will be performing its breathtaking and stunningly realised modern interpretation of Chekhov´s UNCLE VANYA at the Noel Coward theatre from the 5-10 November 2012.


Winner of Best Production at Russia´s Golden Mask Awards (equivalent to an Emmy Award), this is Chekhov as you have never seen it before; performed in London by the company responsible for many of Russia´s most critically acclaimed and best-loved productions, under the direction of Rimas Tuminas, one of the most influential directors working in Russia and Europe today.


In Vakhtangov´s UNCLE VANYA there´s no Chekhovian mansion, no cosy arm-chairs, no table laid for lunch with a lacy tablecloth and hot samovar; no feeling of`home´ where several generations have lived. Instead Rimas Tuminas has released the stage from the familiar and the domestic, leaving behind a battlefield of passions, broken illusions and unrealized hopes. Daily life turns imperceptibly into poetry, the drama acquires a tinge of tender irony and every detail on the stage arouses the audience's emotions. 


Vakhtangov is home to many of the best known Russian stars of stage and screen. UNCLE VANYA features memorable performances from Sergey Makovetsky, Vladimir

Simonov, Ludmila Maksakova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov and Galina Konovalova, seventy years with Vakhtangov, forty of those years leading the troupe, and Honoured Russian Artist of the Russian Federation making her West End debut.


Composer Faustas Latenas has created a mesmerizing soundscape for the production, illustrating and underscoring the drama. Sets and scenery are by Tuminas´ long time collaborator, Adomas Yatsovskis, who creates meticulously conceived open spaces where anything can happen.

Russian Season in the West End- International Theatre Platform is

produced by Arts Bridge (Executive Producer) and Oksana Nemchuk (General Producer), who were behind the enormously successful Sovremennik Theatre season at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2011.

Producer Oksana Nemchuk says that after the huge success of the Sovremennik season, "I now understand the importance of bringing these unique and previously unseen Russian theatre productions to the West End. I hope by creating this International Theatre Platform there will be regular Russian Seasons in London."



Listings information:

The play will be performed in Russian with English surtitles. 


Dates: 5-10 November

Time: 19.00

Press Night: Monday 5th November at 19.00

Venue: Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

Ticket Prices: £15-£55

Box Office: 0844 482 5140 / www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk


For more information about the company: www.vakhtangov.ru


For further information please contact Anna Arthur/Andrew Greer on (020)

7836 7660 or [removed]


Notes for Editors:


Vakhtangov Theatre


Vakhtangov, on the Arbat, is at the heart of Moscow both geographically and theatrically. 

From humble beginnings in 1913, this company, which began in basements and front rooms, grew to inhabit one of Moscow´s most beautiful theatres. Always

following the twin influences of Meyerhold and Stanislavsky, of spectacle and psychological truth, it has created many of Russia´s most respected productions. The resident company currently many well known TV and film actors. 

Artistic Director Rimas Tuminas is also the founder and director of the State Small Theatre of Vilnius in Lithuania." 
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