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Stage Russia HD (Vakhtangov Theatre): Rimas Tuminas' reimagining of Anton Chekhov's tale about broken illusions and dashed hopes is freed from its traditional trappings, leaving behind a battlefield for passions and colliding ambitions. We are given an empty space from which life has departed, a theatre space with grey slips, a plaster of Paris lion – a symbol of Petersburg, perhaps the ancestor who built the house came from there, a workbench made out of rough boards, an old sofa, several chairs of different colours. This "Uncle Vanya" is about what Chekhov’s characters think and what they admit to only at moments of emotional turmoil. They are at times tongue-tied or overly brutal, but their revelations break out of them fervently, desperately  just as a man breaks out of a stuffy room into the open air. A Golden Mask Winner for Best Drama, featuring the inimitable Sergey Makovetskiy as Voynitsky.

180 minutes (with one 15 minute intermission included)

Russian with English subtitles.


Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky - Sergey Makovetskiy

Aleksandr Vladimirovich Serebryakov - Vladimir Simonov
Elena Andreevna - Anna Dubrovskaya
Sofia Alexandrovna (Sonya) - Eugenia Kregzhde
Maria Vasilyevna Voynitskay - Liudmila Maksakova
Mikhail Lvovich Astrov - Artur Ivanov
Ilya Ilych Telegin - Yury Kraskov
Marina Timofeevna - Inna Alabina
Efim, a workman - Sergey Epishev