Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov
Translated by Samuel Adamson

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Tea’s cold, lunch is late and the great Professor has turned out to be a fraud – for Uncle Vanya, life has gone wonky, it’s gone to hell.

Only one thing can save him – a glamorous woman’s love. But she’s not interested either. And what’s worse, she’s married to the Professor.

Samuel Adamson new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya – a dark and funny exploration of cross-purposed love, bitter jealousy and a dysfunctional family – opened at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, in February 2015.


Anton Chekhov, Russian dramatist and short-story writer, was born in 1860, the son of a grocer and the grandson of a serf. After graduating in medicine from Moscow University in 1884, he began to make his name in the theatre with the one-act comedies The Bear, The Proposal and The Wedding. His earliest full-length plays, Ivanov (1887) and The Wood…

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