By Mark Shenton
08 Jun 2012
In the play, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Lindsay Posner, Vanya (Stott), Yelena (Friel), Astrov (West) and Sonya are all in love, with the past, with ideals and with each other. As their universe shifts around them they struggle to keep their emotions at bay.
Stott is best known for his TV and film roles including "Messiah," "Toast," "The Vice," "Rebus," "One Day," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Girl In a Café" and "Shallow Grave." Upcoming film projects include Peter Jackson’s "The Hobbit." Theatre credits include the original West End casts of Yasmina Reza's Art (Wyndham's) and God of Carnage (Gielgud and Broadway), Lindsay Posner's production of A View from the Bridge (Duke of York's) and Heroes (Wyndham’s).
Friel was last seen on the London stage as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. She has also starred in Lulu and Look Europe, both at the Almeida, and on Broadway in Patrick Marber's Closer (for which she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play). She is best known for TV roles including Jimmy McGovern's "The Street" (BBC), "Pushing Daisies" (ABC), "Neverland" (Sky), "Without You" (ITV) and "Brookside" (C4). Film credits include "Limitless," "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," "Land of the Lost" and "London Boulevard."
Posner is currently represented in the West End by the transfer of his production of Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Noel Coward Theatre. Other recent credits include Noises Off, which transferred from the Old Vic to the Novello. Other West End credits include Death and the Maiden (transferred from the Royal Court to the Duke of York's), An Ideal Husband, Fool for Love and A View From the Bridge (starring Ken Stott). He recently directed the West End productions of Noises Off and Butley. He has also worked extensively for both the RSC and National Theatre.
Uncle Vanya is designed by Christopher Oram (currently represented on Broadway by Evita), and is produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions, Nica Burns, Robert Bartner and Max Weitzenhoffer.
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