October 10 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 pm£10
THEATRICAL NICHE builds on its successful tours of A Doll’s House, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Metamorphosis, and Lysistrata with
a New Adaptation of Chekhov’s famed tragicomedy
Directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou
Adapted by Venetia Twigg
Suitable for Ages 12+
GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE (Grantham)
Thursday 10th October
Tickets from £10
Theatrical Niche, renowned for its adaptations of classic texts, brings its signature physical approach to Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”.
Exploring care of our world and of each other as the integral theme, Theatrical Niche – supported by Arts Council England – tour this darkly funny & artful adaptation across England and Northern Ireland this Autumn using rural soundscapes & physical theatre.
The weary inhabitants of an isolated country household plunge head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives. As the head of the household announces the estate sale for his own gain, the strains of repression begin to bubble, until Vanya hits boiling point.
Theatrical Niche’s acclaimed physical theatre team create a unique modern version of this Russian masterpiece. Working with leading charity, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust; a message of conservation pervades.
This updated take on Chekhov’s stunningly prescient ‘Uncle Vanya’ highlights the farcical nature of the text whilst showcasing captivating physical work inspired by the decline of the Bee.
With a huge breadth of theatrical experience, Director Nadia Papachronopoulou leads the process. Emerging Director at National Theatre Wales, Nadia trained at the Orange Tree Theatre in London, and currently works for National Theatre Connections across England. Recent credits include ‘Boots’ at the Bunker Theatre, ‘After the Ball’ at the Gatehouse Theatre and ‘The Philanthropist’: Understudy Run in the West End. She has also Assistant Directed at Regent’s Park Open Air, the Southbank Centre and National Theatre Studio.
The cast is David Tudor (Simon & Garfunkel World Tour), Foxey Hardman (Playboy of the Western World at Theatre Clwyd), Mike Aherne (The Kitchen, Philistines & further productions at the National Theatre) Venetia Twigg (Lady Windermere’s Fan UK & Ireland Tour) and in the title role, Matt Houlihan (Major Barbara & O’Flaherty VC at the Orange Tree Theatre).
Uncle Vanya will be the fourteenth and largest tour yet for Theatrical Niche and it is our pleasure to
again offer both free and bespoke workshops to accompany the piece, given that it is
multidisciplinary and on many syllabuses. Question and answers sessions are also provided upon
request, and free Verbatim workshops can be claimed by group bookings of 8+ where applicable
(and in agreement with venues). Theatrical Niche is known for embracing wide-ranging theatrical
techniques, practitioners and texts from across the globe. Its productions are exciting, multi-
disciplinary, educational and, above all, relevant.
The company prides itself on employing inspirational artists and creating world-class theatre that can and will tour to any venue across the UK.
Previous productions include A DOLL’S HOUSE, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, METAMORPHOSIS, LYSISTRATA, and BLOOD WEDDING.