Uncle Vanya (Trans. Hampton) 

Anton Chekhov translated by Christopher Hampton

DOI: 10.5040/9780571347575.00000003
Acts: 4. Roles: Male (5) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

‘It’s often said that the best of the Chekhov plays is the one you’ve seen most recently. Uncle Vanya doesn’t have a suicide, like The Seagull, or an adulterous couple and a dual more or less indistinguishable from murder, like Three Sisters; nor does it seem to announce the end of an era, like The Cherry Orchard: all it has is a series of ludicrously bungled attempts at murder and suicide and adultery. Perhaps these failures are what makes it feel the saddest and most truthful of these great tragi-comedies, in which, possibly unique to all drama, not a single word seems redundant or out of place.’

Christopher Hampton’s version of Anton Chekov’s Uncle Vanya opened at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, in October 2012.

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Faber and Faber

Anton Chekhov translated by Christopher Hampton

ISBN: 9780571300518

Series: Faber Drama

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