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Ana   /   December 11, 2015   /   0 Comments

Vanessa Kirby will be in a new theatre production with her friend Jessica Brown Findlay! Uncle Vanya will be produced by Almeida Theatre and Vanessa got the role as Yelena. After that Vanessa will be over to NY to present A Streetcar named Desire with Gillian Anderson. Plus next Summer after the play, she will do Season Two of The Crown!


Magazine Scans > 2015 > Daily Mail, 11th Dezember

Vanessa Kirby relishes playing women in turmoil.

She’s portraying a troubled Princess Margaret in the major Netflix TV drama The Crown, and has just agreed to star as the alluring Yelena in a new stage production of Uncle Vanya for the Almeida Theatre that will see Jessica Brown Findlay play her step-daughter, Sonya.

Kirby’s portrait of Margaret for the first series of The Crown, which follows Queen Elizabeth’s reign and her relationships with her prime ministers, will explore the princess’s doomed romance with the divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend.

On some days next year, the actress will be filming The Crown for director Stephen Daldry and then going straight into rehearsals with Robert Icke (recent winner of the Evening Standard best theatre director award), who’s written a new version of Vanya which he will also direct.

‘They’ll probably start seeping into each other,’ Kirby joked when we chatted on Wednesday. ‘I’ll take Margaret to Russia!’

Yelena is often seen as a ‘languorous and louche’ character, but Vanessa disagrees. ‘I see her as a huge life force, with a very active and dynamic mind. I don’t see her at all as relaxed; she’s in huge turmoil.’

Kirby met Sam Mendes recently and asked him how he directed Helen McCrory in his landmark production of Chekhov’s masterpiece at the Donmar in 2002. McCrory’s study of Yelena has stayed with me ever since — I remember her sashaying onto the stage with the glamour and hauteur of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich combined.

Kirby said Mendes specifically mentioned McCrory’s entrance when she spoke to him.

She added that the Almeida’s Uncle Vanya had been ‘thoroughly Robert Icked’, describing his adaptation as ‘radicalised and exciting’.

As soon as the Uncle Vanya run ends, Kirby will be off to New York to collaborate again with Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster in Benedict Andrews’s interpretation of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The production — a huge hit at the Young Vic last year — will run at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.

After Streetcar, Kirby will begin work on a second series of The Crown. Filming starts next summer.

It will run at the Almeida from February 5 until March 26.

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