Wed 28 Feb - Sat 10 Mar
Time: 7.45pm, Saturday matinee 2pm
Ticket Information: £14
Presented by: York Settlement Community Players
Writer: Anton Chekhov
Translated by: Michael Frayn
Following the triumph of Blue Stockings last year, York Settlement Players return to the intimacy of the Theatre Royal Studio with Chekhov’s classic poignant comedy. First produced in 1899, and an antidote to the melodramas of the time, this is also a play ahead of its time.
When an elderly professor and his beautiful young second wife return to their country estate from the city, they cause chaos on all fronts. Uncle Vanya, the brother of the professor’s first wife, is thrown into an emotional maelstrom and Sonya (Vanya’s niece) is forced to face up to a bitter reality.
Exploring love, loss, and desire and at times the sheer absurdity of life the play’s themes are universal. The sense of what might have been fills the air. We witness penetrating insights into the human condition.
This translation by Michael Frayn (a true Russophile) highlights the playful spirit in which Anton Chekhov wrote. It is the third Chekhov play produced by Settlement in the last eight years. The last being a “splendidly robust” Cherry Orchard.
“The father of modern drama”, Anton Chekhov is beloved of actors the world over. Don’t miss the chance to find out why.