Orange Tree Theatre announces cast for Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

James Lance headshot next to a picture of the outside of The Orange Tree Theatre
The Orange Tree Theatre ©The Other Richard / Headshot from production

Orange Tree Theatre has revealed the complete cast for its upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

The play, directed by Trevor Nunn, features a stellar lineup of actors, including Emmy nominee James Lance.

David Ahmad takes on the role of Telegin, with William Chubb portraying Professor Serebryakov. Juliet Garricks will bring Marina to life, while Madeleine Gray steps into the shoes of Sonya. James Lance, celebrated for his role in Ted Lasso, will play Vanya. Andrew Richardson, (Guys and Dolls), will portray Astrov. Lily Sacofsky and Susan Tracy complete the cast as Elena and Maria, respectively.

Trevor Nunn said: “Uncle Vanya is a masterpiece of naturalistic theatre, requiring of the audience total belief in each and every character and situation. So, it is a great privilege for me to have the opportunity to investigate Chekhov’s multi-layered human comedy in the intimate, inclusive and immersive environment of the Orange Tree Theatre. The keenness of my anticipation has now been multiplied by having assembled a cast of brilliant actors to explore all three dimensions of this famous play.”

The production team includes Associate Director Leah Harris, Designer Simon Daw, Lighting Designer Johanna Town, Sound Designer Max Pappenheim, and Casting Director Matilda James CDG. The play is supported by Derek Robinson.

Uncle Vanya tells the story of Sonya and her Uncle Vanya, who lead a mundane life on their country estate. The narrative heats up with the arrival of Sonya’s famous father and his new wife, leading to a resurgence of old conflicts and the emergence of new, passionate desires. This Chekhov masterpiece, set in the throes of summer, delves into the challenges of rural life and the struggles of middle age.

The play is set to open at the Orange Tree Theatre on 7 March 2024 and will run until 13 April, with previews starting from 2 March.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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