Chekhovian ennui and 21st century issues

BATH’s Ustinov Studio audiences will be taking a new look at Chekhov when Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike takes to the stage on 6th June for a month-long run.

Directed by Walter Bobbie, best known as the original director of Chicago, the Christopher Durang play stars Janie Dee, Mark Hadfield and Rebecca Lacey. The  comedy, one of the most lauded and best loved Broadway plays of recent years, blends Chekhov’s famous ennui with the modern-day concerns of celebrity, social networking and the troubling onset of middle-age.

Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up and from where their sister Masha escaped many years ago to become a famous movie star. When she returns unannounced with her 20-something toy boy, Spike, the scene is set for a rollicking weekend of rivalry, regret and all too true premonitions.

The cast is completed by Michelle Asante, Aysha Kala and Lewis Reeves.

Performances at Bath are from Monday to Saturday until 6th July, nightly at 7.45, with Thursday and Saturday matinees starting at 2.30. For more details of the Bath production, telephone 01225 448844 or visit the website, www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov