Uncle Vanya

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Uncle Vanya [1] (Russian: Дядя Ваня – Dyadya Vanya) is a play by the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov [2]. First published 1897, produced 1899 by the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by Stanislavski [3].

Performance history in South Africa

First South African production by ** in 19**.

1963: Produced by Rosalie van der Gucht for the Little Theatre Players at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, 16 to 23 November, starring Sandy Bicket, Frumilla North, Jeanne Wennberg, Hilda Harvey, Robert Mohr, Paul Malherbe, Winston Swanson, Lily-Jean Satusky and Frank Lazarus.

1982: Other productions include a Baxter Company '82 production directed by Robert Mohr opening 26 May (designs by Fred Abrahamse) with Roger Dwyer, Sandra Prinsloo, Grethe Fox, Zoë Randall, Richard Haines, Ron Smerczak, James Irwin, Rosalie van der Gucht, Stephen Gurney.

1986: In 1986 a production was directed by Richard Haines starring Frantz Dobrowsky, Michael McCabe, James Borthwick, Shelagh Holliday, Charlotte Butler and Jacqui Singer.

1993: The version by Christopher Hampton presented by UCT Drama Department in the Nico Arena, first performance 25 August 1993. Directed by David Haynes, designed by Ann Sharfman. The cast were Oscar Petersen, Lisa van Zyl, Alex Ferns, Sylvaine Strike, Heinrich Reisenhofer, Jaci Smith, Duncan Lawson, Lucinda Hooley, Jean Marais.

2004: by the Baxter Theatre - a double bill version of the play, the same cast performing alternately in Afrikaans and English. Directed by Janice Honeyman, set by Patrick Curtis, lighting by Mannie Manim, with Marius Weyers, James Borthwick, Anna-Mart van der Merwe,Sandra Kotzé, Louis van Niekerk, Claire Watling, Mary Dreyer, Royston Stoffels and André Stolz. Costume designer Birrie le Roux

Translations and adaptations

First translated into Afrikaans by ** as Wania and produced by Jean Plaat-Stultjes in 1930*.??*] Later translated as Oom Wanja by Karel Schoeman and first produced by ** in 19**. Published by Human & Rousseau in 1968.

1967: Oom Wanja, the Schoeman Afrikaans translation was staged by PACT in a triple bill, directed by Robin Mohr, together with Uit de oude doos by Melt Brink and Die Paradysboot by Karl Wittinger. In the Oom Wanja production the cast was: Carel Trichardt (Aleksander), Wilna Snyman (Jeljena), Marga van Rooy (Sofja), Kita Redelinghuys (Marija), Cobus Rossouw (Iwan), Louis van Niekerk (Michail), James Norval (Ilja), Sandra Kotze (Marina) and Johann Bernard (Jeffim). This production opened in Windhoek under the auspices of SWAPAC on 5 April.

1972: Oom Wanja, the 1968 Karel Schoeman Afrikaans translation was staged by CAPAB in the Hofmeyr Theatre in February 1972, directed by Nicholas Wright (assisted by Mees Xteen), with Johan Malherbe, Pieter Geldenhuys, Sandra Kotzé, Carel Trichardt, Petru Wessels, Anna Cloete, Pieter Joubert, Mees Xteen and Aletta Bezuidenhout. Decor by Bill Smuts, costumes by Penny Simpson. This production was also presented at the H.B. Thom Theatre from 23 February 1972.

In 2004 the Baxter Theatre did a double bill version of the play, the same cast performing alternately in Afrikaans (text by André Stolz?, Die Burger 5 April 2004) and English. Directed by Janice Honeyman, set by Patrick Curtis, lighting by Mannie Manim, with Marius Weyers, James Borthwick, Anna-Mart van der Merwe,Sandra Kotzé, Louis van Niekerk, Claire Watling, Mary Dreyer, Royston Stoffels and André Stolz. Costume designer Birrie le Roux Other productions directed by **, **,**. **

A new version by British dramatist Christopher Hampton [4] from a translation into English by Nina Froud.

Sources

Wikipedia entry on Uncle Vanya

Oom Wanja theatre programme, 1972.

Uncle Vanya theatre programmes, 1963 (Little Theatre) and 2004.

1982 programme donated by Tony Fletcher, held by NELM: [Collection: FLETCHER, Jill]: 2005. 75. 19. 9.

PACT Triple Bill theatre programme (undated).

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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