Uncle Vanya (1963 film)

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Uncle Vanya
Directed by Stuart Burge
Written by Anton Chekhov
Constance Garnett
Starring Michael Redgrave
Laurence Olivier
Joan Plowright
Sybil Thorndike
Rosemary Harris
Music by Alexis Chesnakov
Distributed by Arthur Cantor Films
Release date
20 November 1963 (UK)
Running time
120 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Uncle Vanya is a 1963 British film adaptation of the work Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. The film was directed by Stuart Burge. It was a filmed version of the Chichester Festival production, directed by (and starring) Laurence Olivier as Astrov, and also starring Michael Redgrave (Vanya), Rosemary Harris (Elena), and Joan Plowright (Sonya).



Harold Hobson of the Sunday Times described the production as "the admitted master achievement in British twentieth-century theatre" while The New Yorker called it "probably the best 'Vanya' in English we shall ever see".[1]

Later films of noted stage productions by Olivier included Othello (1965) and The Dance of Death (1969).


  1. ^ Quotes taken from the VHS recording issued by Arthur Cantor Films, New York.

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