Russian Uncle Vanya to transfer to Noel Coward

A Russian production of Uncle Vanya is set to run at London’s Noel Coward Theatre this autumn.

Moscow-based theatre company Vakhtangov Theatre will perform its ‘modern interpretation’ of Chekhov’s play from November 5 to 10. Press night will be on November 5.

The play will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.

It will be directed by Rimas Tuminas and produced by Oksana Nemchuk. The cast includes Sergey Makovetsky, Vladimir Simonov, Ludmila Maksakova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov and Galina Konovalova.

Design is by Adomas Yatsovskis and music has been created by composer Faustas Latenas.

Nemchuck, who hopes to bring regular Russian productions to the West End starting in the new year, said: “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.”

Also appearing in the West End this autumn is an English adaptation of Uncle Vanya by Christopher Hampton, which is directed by Lindsay Posner and runs from October 25 to February 16, 2013 at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Laura Carmichael will play Sonya and joins the previously announced cast members of Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Samuel West.

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