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Theatre recommendations for early 2020, from Chekhov to the court of the Virgin Queen

Crack casts, savage comedy and more

By Michael Coveney   Winter Special

Uncle Vanya, Harold Pinter Theatre, 14th January to 2nd May

From 1997’s The Weir to his recent play with songs by Bob Dylan, Girl From the North Country (revived at the Gielgud to 1st February), Conor McPherson has been a dab hand at tense atmospheres. Adapting Chekhov’s great play should suit him. Former Royal Court director Ian Rickson has assembled a crack cast led by Toby Jones as Vanya and Richard Armitage as Astrov, locked in smitten rivalry over the new young wife (Rosalind Eleazar) of the crusty old professor (Ciarán…

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