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Onkel Wanja (Uncle Vanja)

Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München / Residenz Theater
by Anton Chekhov
German translation by Werner Buhss

Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München /
Residenz Theater

Alexander Wladimirowitsch Serebrjakow,
emeritus professor · Thomas Holtzmann
Jelena Andrejewna, his wife · Sunnyi Melles
Sofia Alexandrowna (Sonja),
his daughter from first marriage · Anna Schudt
Maria Wassiljewna Woinizkaja, widow of a privy counciller, mother of the professor's first wife · Elisabeth Rath
Iwan Petrowitsch Woinizki, her son · Rainer Bock
Michail Lwowitsch Astrow, doctor · Stefan Hunstein
Ilja Iljitsch Telegin,
impoverished landowner · Helmut Stange
Marina, the old family nanny,
called auntie · Helga Grimme

Directed by · Barbara Frey
Stage, costumes · Bettina Meyer
Video · Bert Zander
Light · Falk Hampel
Dramaturgy · Laura Olivi

Première Munich 26 June 2003
Length 2 h 15 min (no intermission)

Talk with the audience: Tue 5 May | 22:00
Venue: Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Barbara Frey has taken Chekhov really, really seriously: Chekhov always maintained that he wrote “humorous plays” and protested with vehemence against atmospheric self-indulgence on the stage, against false sentimentality and indistinct moroseness. “Uncle Vanya” from Munich is of quite a different calibre. It has something bewitchingly reckless, a playful irony. The director has relieved the characters of their black ribbons of mourning, released them from the heaviness of event, time and tears without betraying them, the stories of their lives and their suffering, which in conventional Chekhov productions forces them oppressively towards poignant ostentation.
Gerhard Jörder

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