Toby Jones and Richard Armitage will star in a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’ at the Harold Pinter Theatre in January 2020.
The play has been adapted by Irish playwright Conor McPherson (Girl From The North Country), will feature direction by Ian Rickson, and is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Best known for his roles in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Sherlock’ (BCC), Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ (BBC) and for voicing house elf Dobby in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, Toby Jones will play the titular role. For the stage, Jones has most recently starred in Harold Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party’, at the Harold Pinter Theatre, which saw him play the role of Stanley.
Jones will star opposite ‘The Hobbit’ actor Richard Armitage, whose role as Thorin Oakenshield in the films earned him a 2015 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a film (The Battle of the Five Armies), in addition to two Empire Award nominations and two SFX Award nominations. Most recently for the stage, Armitage starred as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ at the Old Vic in 2014. Armitage will take on the role of Vanya’s friend Astrov.
Further details and casting, including the leading female roles Yelena and Sonya, are yet to be announced.