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As part of its major A Revolution Betrayed? season marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, HOME is presenting Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, directed by Walter Meierjohann, HOME’s Artistic Director: Theatre. It’s the UK premiere of this adaptation, first seen in Sydney in 2010, by Australian playwright Andrew Upton.

Uncle Vanya was actually written 20 years before the events of 1917, yet throughout the production you can clearly sense the wind of change. Society is on the brink of a new era, and it connects with our current state of political change and uncertainty. Indeed, for its time, Uncle Vanya was a revolutionary play, redefining the possibilities of drama.

The prophetic quality of Dr Astrov, a radical outsider in Chekhov’s time, passionately pleading with us to protect and nurture our environment, is striking today, as is Chekhov’s ensemble of characters questioning their own belief systems and lives with the bittersweet tragicomic spirit of which Chekhov is the master.

You might recognise Jason Merrells, who plays Astrov, from Manchester-based shows including Queer As Folk, Cutting It, and Waterloo Road, but Jason also trained as an artist and he’s spent some time during breaks in rehearsals sketching his fellow cast members, and his work will soon be available to view online - once he stops being Astrov, that is!

Uncle Vanya is at HOME in Manchester, Fri 3 - Sat 25 November. Click here for more information.

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