This is an English translation by Tom Leonard which was performed throughout the UK by Theatre Babel in 2002. It is published for the first time by his surviving family and includes notes on his translation Tom originally wrote which were first published by Edinburgh University Press in Translation and Literature, Volume 12: Issue 1, 2003, pages 155-158

The text below came a flyer for the show:

Tom Leonard, past winner of the prestigious Saltire Prize and one of Scotland’s most admired poets and essayists, has been commissioned by Theatre Babel to create a new version of Uncle Vanya.

Understood to be Checkhov’s finest play, Vanya is a powerful and witty exploration of unrequited love and thwarted ambition; combining the dazzling characterization and profound understanding of human nature that marks out the work of Europe’s foremost classical dramatist.