Uncle Vanya

Our October 2017 Production: 
      Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

  • 8pm Wed 25th – Sat 28th October
  • Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield
    See the flyer!

Tickets:  Wed/Thu £8, Fri/Sat £9   No online booking fee!
And why not have dinner in Cuckfield first?
First night offer:  buy two or more and save £1 on each seat!
A Group Discount Is Available

This everyday story of country life sees the routine of a farming estate disrupted by visiting relatives, with subsequent arguments over money, drinking too much, and protecting the environment, while unrequited love and a mid-life crisis become intertwined!

And like The Archers,  Emmerdale or East-Enders the drama has a counterpoint of laughter to the tears, with some tragi-comic scenes which some find reminiscent of “The Office”.

The flyers are coming!

Director Emma Gosling  writes about why Chekhov and Uncle Vanya in particular means  so much to her…

I was first introduced to this play whilst studying Theatre Arts at Southdown’s College. Although I auditioned for the part of Yelena, I was cast as Sonya, who is described in the text as being “Plain ” This did not go down well with my egotistic 17yr old self, but I was quickly won over by the complexity of the character I was learning to portray. So when CDS were looking for a “Serious” play to perform in October, I suggested Uncle Vanya. It is often described as a tragi-comedy although it is neither conventionally comic or tragic. The genius of this play comes from the multi-layered characters, who are neither good or bad but reflect human nature. “

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Chekhov’s play is full of slowly simmering emotions that reveal the characters strengths and flaws in the same way as East Enders, Dallas or real life!

Many actors, directors and students of theatre love Chekhov, and we are sure Emma and CDS will rise to the challenge of making this classic piece of thatre both entertaining and moving.

 

Emma has also provided this quote from Laurence Olivier, whose 1963 production at Chichester was called  “the admitted master achievement in British twentieth-century theatre”  by the Sunday Times while The New Yorker called it “probably the best ‘Vanya’ in English we shall ever see“.

“…Chekhov is the dramatist of goodbyes; goodbyes to hopes and ambitions, goodbyes between lovers.  Yet out of this concept of life, which might be thought ‘depressing,’ Chekhov makes a work of art which moves us and exalts us like a beautiful piece of music. It is not in a mood of depression one leaves the theatre after seeing a Chekhov play. How true it is that a good play should be like a piece of music! For our reason it must have the logical coherence of fact, but for our emotions the sinuous unanalysable appeal of music. In and out, in and out, the theme of hope for the race and the theme of personal despair are interwoven one with the other. Each character is like a different instrument which leads and gives way alternately, sometimes playing alone, sometimes with others, the theme of the miseries of cultivated exiles, or the deeper one of the longing of youth…”

Producer’s Note Laurence Olivier (1967)

CAST

Director: Emma Gosling
Producer: Caroline Denholm

Astrov : Ken Collins
Voitski: Paul Davey
Sonia : Stella Balicki
Helena : Sharan Rigby-Smith
Serebryakov: Martin Sheldon
Marina : Harriet Sheldon
Mme Voitskaya : Diana Martin
Telegin : Keith Moss

Anton Chekhov

Dinner Options

Why not enjoy dinner in Cuckfield before you see the show?

Good Evening Thai have a Pre-Theatre Supper Offer for Uncle Vanya
  • Book in advance on 01444 413454 & mention Uncle Vanya offer
  • Two courses for £10.95pp from 6pm (show ticket on request)
The Talbot  also have an Uncle Vanya Pre-Theatre Menu
  • Enjoy two courses on the set menu from 5: 30 – 7 pm
  • Call 01444 455898 for more details or to book
There are several other evening dining options in Cuckfield

For more information follow the links below or visit Cuckfield.org

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