Vanya (West End)
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Vanya (West End)
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Vanya (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

89%
(77 Ratings)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (33)

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98 Reviews | 7 Followers
100
Outstanding

See it if Outstanding performance from Andrew Scott who somehow makes this work on every level. An absolute must see

Don't see it if If you don’t like plays

52 Reviews | 7 Followers
98
Outstanding, Perfection, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Andrew Scott plays this part, so wonderfully and draws you into the story. You will leave the theatre, wanting more. Absolute perfection.

Don't see it if Nothing to dislike

60 Reviews | 6 Followers
95
Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Andrew Scott do all the characters, turn the lights on and off on the audience (NT Live version), play a moving Sonia

Don't see it if you don't like swearing (there is a lot!) want a traditional Chekhov with a full cast and a non-modern setting Read more

91 Reviews | 5 Followers
95
Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Andrew Scott is superb. A novel approach to a classic.

Don't see it if Can't be hard to follow if not fully fluent in English.

Nic
561 Reviews | 99 Followers
84
Impressive, Slow, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to watch Andrew Scott put on an absolute master class.

Don't see it if you hate Uncle Vanya & Scott’s impressive performance won’t make up for that, or you love Uncle Vanya & only want it traditionally performed Read more

399 Reviews | 55 Followers
81
Slow, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are an Andrew Scott fan. He is remarkable as an entire cast of characters.

Don't see it if You want a faithful Vanya. This is not. Lots of the f-word and some sex scenes (!). Requires concentration and might be dull to some.

aka
513 Reviews | 150 Followers
80
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if into a modern-day one-person adaptation of Chekov; with superb acting and inventive direction. Available on @NTLive.

Don't see it if well... at first, despite voice changes and props, it is a game of "Who is he now?". As the scenes get longer, it becomes a true play. Read more

132 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
Confusing, Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of Andrew Scott. He's great, but the play can be confusing at times to follow with just one person playing all the parts.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of one person plays or one person playing all the parts.

Critic Reviews (11)

BroadwayWorld
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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WhatsOnStage
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 Independent (UK)
September 22nd, 2023

"Fleabag’s hot priest has delivered a performance that Chekhov fans will want to fall to their knees and adore: the funniest, sexiest, most surprisingly emotional take on this story of rural desolation that you could wish for."
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