Olivier Award winner Janie Dee to star in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Charing Cross Theatre
| By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
It has been announced that Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee is set to star as Masha in the upcoming London Charing Cross Theatre production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which will run concurrently with the venue's hotly-anticipated London Climate Change Festival — the first of its kind.
Janie Dee to star in London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Former The Boy Friend and Follies star Janie Dee is set to take on the role of Masha in the forthcoming London premiere of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play back in 2013. The show will be directed in the UK by Walter Bobbie (Chicago).
The critically acclaimed comedy will play for a limited time only at London's Charing Cross Theatre from 21 March to 16 May 2020 and will notably run during the inaugural London Climate Change Festival also hosted by the venue.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike London cast and creative team
Dee has also starred in an Off-Broadway production of Linda as well as the European premiere of The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess — an Off-West End production that ran at London's Finborough Theatre.
Further casting for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be announced in due course.
The play, which is inspired by the work of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, will feature costume design by Emily Rebholz, sound design by composer Mark Bennett, scenic design by David Korins, and casting direction by Ginny Schiller.
What is Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike about?
The story centres on the quaint lives of two sisters in Bucks County, Pennsylvania — Vanya and Sonia — who are bombarded by the arrival of their wandering sister Masha and her younger male partner. Also winning the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Christopher Durang's piece tells a captivating tale of sibling rivalry and a life of regrets. Don't miss it!
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