Full Cast Announced For Peter Gill's New Adaptation of UNCLE VANYA at Theatr Clwyd
Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey, today announces the full cast for her production of Uncle Vanya, in a first-time co-production with Sheffield Theatres. In a brand new adaptation from Peter Gill, Tamara Harvey directs Jamie Ballard as Vanya, following their previous collaboration on Simon Gray's In The Vale of Heath at Hampstead Theatre, he will be joined by Robert Blythe (Telyegin), Oliver Dimsdale (Astrov), ShaRon Morgan (Mariya), Sian Owens (Worker), Shanaya Rafaat (Elena), Veronica Roberts (Marina), Rosie Sheehy (Sonya) and Martin Turner (Serebryakov).
Opening on Tuesday 26 September, with previews from 21 September, in the Emlyn Williams Theatre, the production will transfer to the studio at Sheffield Theatres as part of Robert Hastie's inaugural season from 18 October until 4 November.
Chekhov's comic tragedy about polite people going crazy in the middle of nowhere, drinking too much and not having enough sex. Can people ever take a leap and change their own lives?
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer. His principal works for the stage include Ivanov, Platonov, The Seagull, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
Peter Gill (b.1939) is a Welsh playwright, theatre director and actor. As a playwright, his works include, The Sleeper's Den, Over Gardens Out, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Cardiff East, Certain Young Men, The York Realist, Original Sin, Another Door Closed, Versailles and As Good a Time as Any. His adaptations for the stage include A Provincial Life, The Merry-Go-Round, The Cherry Orchard, Touch and Go, As I Lay Dying and The Seagull.
Jamie Ballard plays Vanya. Recent theatre credits include The White Devil, Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare's Globe), Ghosts (HOME, Manchester) King John (The Rose Theatre Kingston), In The Vale of Health (Hampstead Theatre), Scenes from an Execution, Saint Joan, Emperor and Galilean, Warhorse and Antigone (National Theatre), Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Sweet Charity, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC), The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre of Wales) The Changeling, Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory & Barbican), Hamlet, Troilus & Cressida, As You Like It (The Tobacco Factory) and The Duchess of Malfi (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Three Girls, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, The Hollow Crown II, Sons of Liberty, Father Brown, and The Great Fire. For film his credits include Suffragette, X & Y, A Poet in New York, The Comedian, and Black Death.
Robert Blythe returns to Theatr Clwyd to play Telyegin. Previous credits for the company include Arms and The Man, As You Like It, Taking Steps, A Small Family Business, Pygmalion, The Drawer Boy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and King Lear. Other theatre credits include Twelve Angry Men (Garrick Theatre), Deep Cut (Tricycle Theatre), Henry IV, Henry V and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre), Badfinger (Donmar Warehouse) and Mother Clap's Molly House (Aldwych Theatre). For television his credits include High Hopes, Waking The Dead, The Famous Five, and You Me and It. For film, his credits include An Ordinary Man, Lie Still, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The Theory of Flight, and Experience Preferred but Not Essential.
Oliver Dimsdale plays Astrov. Recent theatre credits include The Argument (Hampstead Theatre), A Tale Of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate), Macbeth (The Tobacco Factory/Filter Theatre), Silence, Twelfth Night (RSC/Filter Theatre)and The Tempest(RSC), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre), Pravda (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy Of Errors (Sheffield Crucible) Great Expectations, The Dead Wait (Royal Exchange) Five Finger Exercise, Beautiful Thing and The Changeling (Salisbury Playhouse). For television his credits include Grantchester, Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and He Knew He Was Right. For film, his credits include Journey's End, Good People, The Fold, Cosi and Rocknrolla.
ShaRon Morgan plays Mariya. Recent theatre credits include This Incredible Life (Canoe Theatre), Mother Courage and Her Children, A Good Night Out In The Valleys and Under Milk Wood (National Theatre Wales), Dirty, Gifted & Welsh (Dirty Protest & National Theatre Wales), Dandelion (Welsh Fargo Stage Company) and Sherman Swingers, A Christmas Carol, Cityscape: No Vacancies and Cityscape: Patrolaphobia (Sherman Theatre). For television her work includes Hinterland, The Evermoor Chronicles, Da Vinci's Demons and Small Country. Film credits include Apostle, Laura Marlin Mysteries, Love Is Thicker Than Water, The Devil's Vice, Svengali, Resistance, Rain, Abraham's Point, and Leaving Lenin.
Sian Owens plays Worker. As a recent graduate of ALRA her credits include The Tempest (Taking Flight Theatre) and Shakespeare by the Sea (Matthew Townsend Productions).
Shanaya Rafaat plays Elena. Recent theatre credits include Terror (Lyric Hammersmith), The White Devil and King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe), A Tale of Two Cities (Northampton/UK Tour), Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Stateless (Tristan Bates Theatre), Around The World in 80 Days (St James Theatre), The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC and world tour). For television, her credits include Silk and Lewis.
Veronica Roberts plays Marina. Recent theatre credits include After Electra (Tricycle Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth), Meeting Bea, Housewife 49, Sherlock's Last Case (Old Laundry Theatre), Horse Piss for Blood (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour), Separate Tables (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Comfort Me With Apples, Buried Alive, Dearly Beloved (Hampstead Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre) and Crime and Punishment (Lyric Hammersmith). For television her credits include Tenko and Peak Practice; and for film, MR Turner.
Rosie Sheehy plays Sonya. Recent theatre credits include Escape the Scaffold (Theatre 503), Strife (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bird (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) and Chicken (Paines Plough). For television her credits include DCI Banks.
Martin Turner plays Serebryakov. His recent theatre credits include The Plague (Arcola Theatre), The Lovers of Viorne, The Haunting of Hill House, The King's Speech (Chichester Festival Theatre), Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, BAM, Lyceum Theater (Broadway), Medea (National Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Birmingham REP and The Garrick), Boris Godunov, A Life of Galileo (RSC), Electra (Gate Theatre), Fabrication (Print Room), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Scenes From The Back Of Beyond (Royal Court Theatre), Rabbit (Trafalgar Studios), Promises, Promises, (Sheffield Crucible), Pericles (Lyric Hammersmith) and Protection (Soho Theatre). For television, his credits include Follow the Money, New Tricks and The White Queen.
Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara Harvey directs. Her inaugural production for Theatr Clwyd was Much Ado About Nothing, followed by the première of Elinor Cook's award-winning play, Pilgrims and Skylight by David Hare. She has directed in the West End, throughout the UK and abroad, working on classic plays, new writing, musical theatre and in film. Her previous credits include the world premières of From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), The Kitchen Sink, The Contingency Plan, Sixty-Six Books and tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ! (Bush Theatre), In the Vale of Health (a cycle of four plays by Simon Gray), Elephants and Hello/Goodbye (Hampstead Theatre), and Plague Over England (Finborough Theatre & West End). Other theatre includes Kreutzer vs Kreutzer (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse/Royal Festival Hall), Bash (Trafalgar Studios), Whipping It Up (New Ambassadors), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Gielgud & Garrick Theatres), Educating Rita and Smash (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Bath) and Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Theatres).