Uncle Vanya for HOME

David Upton

A host of names from theatre and TV will be appearing in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, which runs at HOME in Manchester from November 3 to 25.

The production, in a version by Australian playwright Andrew Upton, is a highlight of A Revolution Betrayed?, the venue’s season of theatre, film and visual art inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

An ageing, irritable professor returns to his deceased wife’s country estate with his beautiful new young wife, Yelena. The estate has been managed for years by Sonya, the professor’s daughter, and his brother-in-law Vanya, whose self-sacrifice and toil has allowed the professor to enjoy an extravagant lifestyle in the city.

Veteran Manchester actor David Fleeshman plays the professor; the role of Sonya will be played by HOME associate artist Katie West, after appearances in the 2013 Manchester International Festival production of Macbeth, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and as Ophelia in Sarah Frankcom’s Hamlet the following year.