Great Performances: Uncle Vanya

Great Performances: Uncle Vanya

Fri, 05/07/2021 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Photo: Anna Calder Marshall, Aimee Lou Wood, Roger Allam, and Rosalind Eleazar in Uncle Vanya.

Credit: Courtesy of Johan Persson

Experience Anton Chekov’s masterpiece in this Olivier Award-nominated West End production.

Marrying the intimacy of the screen with the electricity of live theater, Great Performances: Uncle Vanya premieres Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Tony Award-nominee Conor McPherson breathes new life into Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece with his acclaimed adaptation of the drama, portraying life at the turn of the 20th century filled with tumultuous frustration, dark humor, and hidden passions. Recorded in August 2020 from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London after the production’s sold-out run closed early due to the coronavirus pandemic, the play is directed by Ian Rickson and directed for screen by Ross MacGibbon. Starring Toby Jones in the title role and Richard Armitage as Astrov, the cast also features Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena, Aimee Lou Wood as Sonya, Anna Calder Marshall as Nana, Dearbhla Molloy as Mariya, Roger Allam as Serebryakov and Peter Wight as Telegin.