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Uncle Vanya (DVD and Video)




Chichester Festival Theatre Company

A film of the highly acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Anton Checkov's play 'Uncle Vanya' directed by Laurence Olivier. Checkov's portrayal of the frustrations and disillusions of advancing age and the numbing boredom of provincial life in 1890's Russia, is here effortlessly performed by probably the most talented and prestigious case ever assembled for this work.

An outstanding production of significant historical importance.

"This is ensemble acting in the Master Class", New York Times

"The admitted master achievement in British twentieth century theatre ... for authority and finish - above all for centrality of purpose - this has no competitors", London Sunday Times

"Checkov triumph ... with acting as natural as breathing", London Times

Marina the nurse: Sybil Thorndike
Astrov the doctor :Laurence Olivier
Voynitsky Uncle Vanya: Michael Redgrave
Serebryakov Professor: Max Adrian
Telyegin Waffles: Lewis Casson
Sonya Professor's daughter by his first wife: Joan Plowright
Ilyene Professor's second wife: Rosemary Harris
Marya Voynitski Maman: Fay Compton
Yefim a labourer: Robert Lang

Production Credits:
Director - stage production: Laurence Olivier
Director - TV production: Stuart Burge
Executive Producer: Anthony Havelock-Allen
Original sets: Sean Kenny
Costumes: Beatrice Dawson
Guitar music composed and played by: Alexis Chesnakov

  • 1962
  • Black and white
  • 120 minutes

DVD Special Features

  • Scene by scene access
  • Cast profiles
  • Chekhov profile
  • Uncle Vanya background
  • Synopsis