Vanya (West End)
Ends Oct 21 1h 40m
Vanya (West End)

Vanya (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(22 Reviews)
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Enchanting, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see

About the Show

Andrew Scott stars in Simon Stephens’ one-man adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s drama.

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39 Reviews | 1 Follower
Great acting, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if Andrew Scott and THAT attention to details. That's it, that’s the comment.

Don't see it if The story might be a bit confusing, but reading it beforehand helped me a lot!

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
Confusing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of Andrew Scott. His performance in this was exceptional.

Don't see it if The adaptation itself was disappointing and incredibly confusing.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
Confusing, Insipid, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Andrew Scott as it’s a very intimate theatre play

Don't see it if You are expecting something entertaining. The play felt uneventful, slow, lacked pathos. It failed to penetrate the world of each character

1 Review | 0 Followers
Intense, Masterful, Must see, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if the way Andrew portrays his emotions through the characters and delivers the lines is incredible

Don't see it if absolutely nothing, it was gorgeous, although if anyone is scared of extremely loud bangs there is one

Critic Reviews (9)

September 22nd, 2023

“It’s easy to see why so many of the team are credited as co-creators. A show like this can only exist within the confines of pure trust and collaboration. It’s not a dialogue between the individual elements of the play, it’s a choir singing in gorgeous harmony. It’s become too popular to deem new West End openings the event of the year, but ’Vanya’ is, unquestionably, theatre at its best.”
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The London Evening Standard
September 22nd, 2023

‘This show isn’t a vanity project, a gimmick or a rip-off of Chekhov: it’s a distillation of his compassion and humanity that creates something new. Stephens, Yates and Vize deserve massive kudos; but it’s Scott’s mercurial talent that makes it transfixing.”
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Time Out London
September 22nd, 2023

"It takes a village, and let’s not forget that it was already one of the greatest plays ever written. But still, it’s hard not to mostly come out without a sense of awe at Scott, another defining acting performance from a performer who doesn’t have any mode besides magical."
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The Guardian (UK)
September 22nd, 2023

“Those who come to see Scott on stage will not leave disappointed. We get him up close, up stage and intimate. So much so that this really is the Andrew Scott show. Chekhov comes second.”
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September 22nd, 2023

"It is so full of feeling and empathy that you cannot quite believe that you are actually watching a single man sitting alone, holding the arm of a chair. It is a great achievement."
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The Times (UK)
September 22nd, 2023

"Well, there’s stuff to love in here, details to delight in if you can find your way to them. And that’s a big if. Chekhov needs to be more dynamic than it is doleful. The case is not made here that that is a job best assigned to only one person."
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The Stage (UK)
September 22nd, 2023

“Admittedly, anyone unfamiliar with Chekhov’s text might be bemused. But everyone will recognise the cadences of longing, disappointment, grief and fragile hope...This is theatre that gets under the skin: remarkable.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 22nd, 2023

“I should point out that this ‘Vanya’, a modern-day version by Simon Stephens (co-created by Scott and director Sam Yates), will not be for everyone. Those who have never seen the original may be baffled, and even if you have, I would advise that you reacquaint yourself beforehand.”
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