Theatre Royal Haymarket

Life and Fate/Uncle Vanya – performances from 8th May

The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg – described by Peter Brook as ‘the finest ensemble theatre in Europe’ – returns to London this spring for a strictly limited engagement for the first time in over a decade.

LIFE AND FATE (UK première)

“Astonishing in its scope, its craft, its precision and insight”
Moscow Times

“..a sweeping epic”
The West Australian

It’s early 1943. Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia are in a bitter struggle for their very survival. Life and Fate is a sweeping panorama of Soviet Society, an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single Jewish family, the Shtrum’s.

Vasily Grossman’s celebrated novel, banned because of the parallels it drew between Nazism and Soviet Communism, is being adapted adapted for the stage for the very first time. From Nazi concentration camps to the Gulags of Siberia and the Soviet nuclear programme, the battle of Stalingrad looms large as the characters work out their destinies in a world torn by ideological tyranny and war.

This critically acclaimed production, winner of the Golden Mask for best play, has toured around the world to great acclaim since 2007 and comes to London for the first time.



“A masterful production… one of the best evenings of London theatre this year”
Evening Standard

“A beautiful production that has the stillness and luminosity of a great painting.”
The Guardian

 Vanya, together with his niece Sonya, has sacrificed his life managing the estate of Professor Serebryakov, his former brother-in-law and Sonya’s father. But when the Professor returns from the city with his glamorous young wife Yelena, tensions spiral as their world is thrown upside down.

Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams and thwarted and eternal love returns to the West End in Lev Dodin’s definitive interpretation of this classic play.

Supported by Roman Abramovich
Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Yuri Shefler & Alexander Machkevitch

Both productions will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.
Surtitles are ‘surround titles’ placed throughout the theatre on many levels



To Book:

Life and Fate

To book both shows and receive a 10% discount please CLICK HERE
Tickets offered are at the discounted rate (Excluding VIP & Premium Seating)

Call 020 7930 8800 – 24 hours

Mon-Sat 10am-7.45pm calls to this number are answered by the Theatre directly, outside these hours and when we are busy calls are transferred to SEE tickets, who have access to the same seats and prices as the theatre.

If you would like to use SOLT Theatre Tokens as payment/part payment please either call us on 020 7930 8800 (10am-7.30pm Mon-Sat) or just pop in.

In person: Monday to Saturday 10am-6.30pm. Bookings for future dates stop at 6.30pm.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT

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Performance Times

Performance Schedule - Maly Season
Tuesday 8th May Life and Fate 7pm
Wednesday 9th May Life and Fate 7pm
Thursday 10th May NO PERFORMANCE
Friday 11th May Life and Fate 7pm
Saturday 12th May Life and Fate 7pm
Sunday 13th May NO PERFORMANCE
Monday 14th May NO PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 15th May Uncle Vanya 7pm
Wednesday 16th May Uncle Vanya 7pm
Thursday 17th May Uncle Vanya 7pm
Friday 18th May Life and Fate 7pm
Saturday 19th May Life and Fate 7pm
Sunday 20th May Life and Fate 2.30pm


Ticket Prices

Tickets Prices - NO BOOKING FEE

Premium Stalls & Royal Circle £200 - Includes a 1/4 bottle of champagne and a show programme.
Stalls & Royal Circle £110, £60, £35
Upper Circle £50, £35, £25*, £15**
Gallery £25***, £15***

A restoration levy of £1.50 is included in these prices.

Please note there are 65 steps to the Upper Circle & Gallery.

*Limited View
** Restricted View - only available to buy in person
*** Patrons in the Gallery should be aware that seating is on cushioned wooden bench style seating

To Book:
Life and Fate - CLICK HERE TO BOOK


To book both shows and receive a 10% discount please CLICK HERE
Tickets offered are at the discounted rate (Excludes VIP & Premium tickets)


VIP Oscar Wilde Room - £250

This includes a Premium Stalls ticket and use of the exclusive Oscar Wilde Room from 30 minutes before the show and during the interval. An open bar (including Champagne) and a programme for the show.

You can book the VIP Oscar Wilde Room Tickets via the sales links above, just book as normal and select Stalls seats in rows J and K that are light blue, or just call 020 7930 8800.

The Oscar Wilde Room is accessed via a staircase so may not suitable for patrons with mobility issues.

Patrons requiring access into the theatre, wheelchair spaces and the Access rate please contact the box office on 020 7930 8800. Monday to Saturday 10am to 7.30pm

General Information
No exchange or refund on purchased tickets.

All prices subject to availability.

More Information

For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres - we appreciate your patience and understanding while these are taking place.

Life and Fate running time is 3 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval.
Uncle Vanya running time is 3 hours including a 20 minute interval.

Both productions will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Surtitles are 'surround titles' placed throughout the theatre on many levels

Contact Us

Theatre Royal Haymarket 18 Suffolk Street London SW1Y 4HT


+44(0)20 7930 8800