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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Uncle Vanya (U.S. Premiere!)

Stream or tune in Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. & Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m. on KPBS 2

The cast of

Credit: Courtesy of Johan Persson

Above: The cast of "Uncle Vanya." Recorded in August 2020 from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London after the production’s sold-out run closed early due to the coronavirus pandemic, the play is directed by Ian Rickson and directed for screen by Ross MacGibbon. Starring Toby Jones in the title role and Richard Armitage as Astrov, the cast also features Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena, Aimee Lou Wood as Sonya, Anna Calder Marshall as Nana, Dearbhla Molloy as Mariya, Roger Allam as Serebryakov and Peter Wight as Telegin.

Marrying the intimacy of the screen with the electricity of live theater, GREAT PERFORMANCES “Uncle Vanya” premieres nationwide Friday, May 7 on PBS.

Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson breathes new life into Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece with his acclaimed adaptation of the drama, portraying life at the turn of the 20th century filled with tumultuous frustration, dark humor and hidden passions.

Recorded in August 2020 from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London after the production’s sold-out run closed early due to the coronavirus pandemic, the play is directed by Ian Rickson and directed for screen by Ross MacGibbon.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Johan Persson

Toby Jones and Richard Armitage in "Uncle Vanya."

Starring Toby Jones in the title role and Richard Armitage as Astrov, the cast also features Rosalind Eleazar as Yelena, Aimee Lou Wood as Sonya, Anna Calder Marshall as Nana, Dearbhla Molloy as Mariya, Roger Allam as Serebryakov and Peter Wight as Telegin.

Richard Armitage and Rosalind Eleazar in "Uncle Vanya"

Dr. Astrov (Richard Armitage) and Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar) say their emotional and lovesick goodbyes.

“Uncle Vanya” begins as Sonya and her Uncle Vanya throw their lives into maintaining the crumbling family estate occasionally visited by the radical and inspiring local doctor Astrov.

However, when Sonya’s father, Professor Serebryakov, suddenly returns with his restless, alluring new wife, Yelena, long-hidden truths begin to emerge.

Vanya's Tirade

Vanya (Toby Jones) and the rest of the family discuss the fate of their estate as everyone is about to set out on their own paths.

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The episode will be available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Johan Persson

Dearbhla Molloy, Anna Calder Marshall, Aimee Lou Wood, Rosalind Eleazar, Roger Allam, and Toby Jones in "Uncle Vanya."

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GREAT PERFORMANCES is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET. A Sonia Friedman Productions and Angelica Films co- production in association with BBC Arts. Producers are Sonia Friedman and Sally Angel; Executive Producer for the BBC is Emma Cahusac. For GREAT PERFORMANCES: Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

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