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.

From Uncle Vanya


Faber and Faber

Anton Chekhov translated by Christopher Hampton

ISBN: 9780571300518

Series: Faber Drama

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