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Uncle Vanya - Stott, Friel and West star

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS AUTUMN, Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Samuel West will star in one of Anton Chekhov’s undisputed masterpieces, Uncle Vanya, which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on November 2, 2012 (previews from October 24).

Adapted by Christopher Hampton, Uncle Vanya uniquely blends sparkling wit and earthy humour to brilliant comic effect.

Vanya (Stott), Yelena (Friel), Astrov (West) and Sonya are all in love, with the past, with ideals and with each other. As their universe shifts around them they struggle to keep their emotions at bay in this exquisitely evoked comedy of the trials and tribulations of the human condition.

Ken Stott is best known for his screen roles, which include Messiah, Toast, The Vice, Rebus, One Day, Charlie Wilson’s War, Girl In a Café and Shallow Grave. He can shortly be seen in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

His theatre credits include Art and Heroes (Wyndham’s Theatre), God of Carnage (Gielgud Theatre and Broadway) and Lindsay Posner’s production of A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre).

Anna Friel returns to the stage following a successful run as Holly Golightly in the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffanys (Theatre Royal, Haymarket). Her other theatre credits include Lulu and Look Europe (Almeida Theatre) and Closer (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play/Broadway).

However, she is probably best known for her television work – in Jimmy McGovern’s The Street, Pushing Daisies, Neverland, Without You and Brookside. She has also appeared in the films Limitless, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Land of the Lost and London Boulevard.

Samuel West’s theatre credits include Enron which earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Olivier and Evening Standard Theatre Awards, A Number (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse) and the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II (RSC).

His screen credits include Van Helsing, Eternal Law and Any Human Heart. He is currently filming the new ITV series Mr Selfridge.

Uncle Vanya will be directed by Lindsay Posner who, from 1987 to 1992, was Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre where his production of Death and The Maiden won two Laurence Olivier Awards.

His other theatre credits include Noises Off (The Old Vic and Novello Theatre); Butley starring Dominic West (Duchess Theatre); An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre); House of Games, Tom and Viv, The Hypochondriac and Romance (Almeida Theatre); Fool For Love and A Life in the Theatre (Apollo Theatre); A View From The Bridge starring Ken Stott (Duke of York’s Theatre, nominated for four Olivier Awards); Carousel (Savoy Theatre); Fiddler on The Roof (Sheffield Theatres and Savoy Theatre); Power and Tartuffe (National Theatre); Twelfth Night, Volpone, The Taming of the Shrew and The Rivals (RSC); and most recently, Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndham’s Theatre).

Produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions, Nica Burns, Robert Bartner and Max Weitzenhoffer, Uncle Vanya will be designed by Christopher Oram.

Uncle Vanya is booking until February 16, 2013.