Andrei Konchalovsky brings acclaimed Checkov productions to W/E
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
INTERNATIONALLY renowned film/theatre director, producer and screenwriter, Andrei Konchalovsky, will transfer his productions of Anton Checkov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters from Moscow’s Moccbeta State Academic Theatre to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre, where they will run in rep from Wednesday, April 23 to Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Drawing on the striking similarities between Checkov’s two most celebrated plays, Konchalovsky has utilized the same setting and cast for both productions. Moreover, both will be performed in their original Russian with English surtitles.
Speaking about transferring both productions to London, Konchalovsky said:
“I am delighted to bring these two Russian productions to London’s West End. No matter how many times you appeal to Chekhov, he is inexhaustible. Every time his work is seen on stage, you find something unnoticed, unexperienced and undiscovered.”
Andrei Konchalovsky is a renowned theatre and film director as well as a screenwriter. His film credits include In the Dark, The Lion in Winter (Golden Globe nomination 2005), House of Fools (Grand Special Prize, Venice International Film Festival 2002), The Inner Circle, Tango and Cash, Duet for One, Runaway Train and Uncle Vanya.
In 1980, Konchalovsky was named People’s Artist of Russia and in 1997, he was awarded the Order of 4th Degree for Services to the Homeland. In 2002, he was made a member of the National Academy for Cinematographic Arts and Science and, in 2005, an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
Founded in 1923, Mossovet State Academic Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Moscow. In the 1970s, well-known Russian director Pavel Khomsky became first the principal director, and then the artistic director of the theatre. Mossovet has been enthusiastically received in many countries, including France, USA, Finland, Israel, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria.
The cast of Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters comprises Aleksandr Domogarov, Julia Vysotskaya, Pavel Derevyanko, Natalia Vdovina, Irina Kartasheva, Aleksandr Bobrovsky, Larisa Kuznetsova, Galina Bob, Vitaly Kistchenko, Anatoly Grishin, and Vladas Bagdonas.
Design is by Rustam Khamdamov.
Times and Performances
Wednesday, April 23 – Uncle Vanya (7.30pm).
Thursday, April 24 – Uncle Vanya (2.30pm), Three Sistres (7pm) (press performances).
Friday, April 25 – Three Sisters (7.30pm).
Saturday, April 26 – Three Sisters (2.30pm), Uncle Vanya (7.30pm).
Monday, April 28 – Uncle Vanya (7.30pm).
Tuesday, April 29 – Three Sisters (7.30pm).
Wednesday, April 30 – Three Sisters (7.30pm).
Thursday, May 1 – Three Sisters (2.30pm), Uncle Vanya (7.30pm).
Friday, May 2 – Uncle Vanya (7.30pm).
Saturday, May 3 – Uncle Vanya (2.30pm), Three Sisters (7.30pm).
Tickets (on sale now): £22.50 to £55 (Premium seats also available). Concessions (students/senior/standby): £20 available one hour before the performance. Early Bird Offer: Book by December 31, 2013 and for groups of 8+ top price reduced to £30. From January 1, 2014, groups of 8+ top price reduced to £40. To book, call the box office on 0844 482 5120, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/theatres/wyndhams_theatre.asp.
Barking in Essex, with Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock, continues at Wyndham’s Theatre until January 4, 2014. It will be followed – from January 16 to April 19, 2014 – by the Donmar Warehouse revival of Conor McPherson’s The Weir.