Tickets go on sale for cinema screenings of Ian Rickson’s celebrated production of ‘Uncle Vanya’

Sonia Friedman Productions and Angelica Films have announced that tickets are now on sale for the upcoming cinema screenings of UNCLE VANYA, which will be screened in cinemas across the UK, Ireland and internationally from 27 October 2020 courtesy of More2Screen.

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.

Ian Rickson’s highly acclaimed production stars Toby Jones, Richard Armitage, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Lou Wood, Anna Calder-Marshall, Dearbhla Molloy, Peter Wight and Roger Allam, who replaces the unavailable Ciarán Hinds.

UNCLE VANYA is directed for screen by Ross MacGibbon.


Aimee Lou Wood. Photo by Johan Persson

Marrying the intimacy of the big screen with the electricity of live performance in an exciting combination of film and theatre, this is not simply a capture of the play, but a new and exhilarating hybrid artform. The West End stage production was half-way through a sold out run when the Coronavirus pandemic forced theatres across the world to close. I

UNCLE VANYA ran at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14th January 2020 with an Opening Night on Thursday 23rd January 2020.

To re-create and film for the first time a British theatre production closed by the pandemic, the production team adhered to strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of both cast and crew. This involved the actors self-isolating before shooting on location at the Harold Pinter Theatre as well as being regularly tested to allow them to perform closely together, as they did on stage in the West End theatre production.

The film reunites nearly all of the original cast of the production that was in its final weeks when the country went into lockdown in March and theatres were forced to close.


Toby Jones and Richard Armitage. Photo by Johan Persson

UNCLE VANYA is the eleventh collaboration between Ian Rickson and Sonia Friedman Productions, with previous productions including Rosmersholm, Jerusalem, The River, Betrayal and The Children’s Hour.

The stage production of UNCLE VANYA was designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Bruno Poet, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

The original production was presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Rupert Gavin, Patrick Gracey/Scott M. Delman, 1001 Nights Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions in association with Len Blavatnik, Eilene Davidson Productions, Louise & Brad Edgerton.

BBFC is to be confirmed and the running time is 150 minutes approximately.

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