The production was in the final weeks of its run, when it was forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Despite the production not being able to return live, Sonia Friedman Productions has announced that Ian Rickson’s production of Conor McPherson’s new adaptation of Uncle Vanya has been filmed on stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in partnership with Angelica Films. The new film version of the production will be shown in cinemas ahead of broadcast on the BBC, with transmission details to be announced.

Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon, the film will reunite nearly all of the original cast of the production. Only Ciarán Hinds was unavailable and his role has now been taken by Roger Allam (A Number, EndeavourThe Moderate Soprano, The Thick of It).

The cast includes: Toby Jones (The Detectorists, The Birthday Party, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Richard Armitage (The HobbitThe Stranger), Rosalind Eleazar (The Personal History of David Copperfield, Deep Water, The Starry Messenger), Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education, Downstate), Anna Calder-Marshall (LOVE, Evening at the Talk House, Male of the Species), Dearbhla Molloy (The Ferryman, Dancing at Lughnasa, Juno and the Paycock) and Peter Wight (The Birthday Party, Hamlet, The Red Lion).

The filming was undertaken with strict Covid-19 precautions including the cast self-isolating and undergoing regular tests and the crew in masks, PPE and socially distancing throughout the process.

The stage production was designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Bruno Poet, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Ian Dickinson and casting by Amy Ball CDG.