Will Richard Armitage banish or burnish his heartthrob image in the play “Uncle Vanya”?  The London Sunday Times Interview,  January 05, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1275)


Richard Armitage sitting in chair; portrait via An Le

The January 5, 2020 London Sunday Times has a new interview article with the talented and prolific British actor Richard Armitage –ostensibly as a promo for his new play of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”  — that covers old and new territory.  Richard Armitage is currently in rehearsals to portray Dr. Astrov.  The Sunday Times interview gives a retrospective of Richard Armitage’s career over the last sixteen years—from 2004’s North & South to the present day.

And though Richard Armitage mentions that he feels that his peak was with The Hobbit trilogy films (2012, 2013, 2014)—with the international  acclaim, the Hollywood style world premieres, and such—the depth and breadth over Richard Armitage’s long career, and since then, has certainly continued to be on the rise in film, tv, audiobooks, podcasts, and now again the stage, with “Uncle Vanya”.  So at 48 years old, and with over twenty years honing his craft, Richard Armitage is only at the midpoint of what will no doubt continue to be a varied and fulfilling career for him.


I felt that this interview took a fresh look at Richard Armitage’s career in total—mostly due to his own introspective reflections conveying nuanced interpretations.  So though some familiar themes weave their threads throughout the interview–of Richard Armitage being a detailed and an explosive dramatic actor, a heartthrob (which he seems to be  perennially embarrassed by), and him finding his roles transformative professionally and personally—his view of his Dr. Astrov character’s perspective in “Uncle Vanya” as being so future oriented that the present and his place in it escapes him gave him another new insight into himself:

It’s interesting that he’s [Dr. Astrov] an outsider in the play. I’ve often felt like that myself in life. I’m quite a solitary person.”

So one question remains yet unanswered with this interview.  Will Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Dr. Mikhail Astrov  (RA’s first Michael role?) in “Uncle Vanya”—with its undercurrent of romantic emotions, times four (Astrov, Yelena, Sonya, and Vanya)—will Richard Armitage’s performance banish or burnish his heartthrob image?  We’ll have to wait and see.

For more about the play, and to visit, see:

“Uncle Vanya, Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1, January 14–May 2; unclevanyaplay.com

P.S.  And since I’m not likely to be able to fly across the pond to see “Uncle Vanya”, I do hope that Digital Theatre steps up and films it—as they did for Richard Armitage’s 2014 tour de force Olivier nominated performance in “The Crucible”.


Image thanks (in order) to:  The Sunday Times interview article; and Mat Khal for Richard Armitage in Uncle Vanya.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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8 Responses to Will Richard Armitage banish or burnish his heartthrob image in the play “Uncle Vanya”?  The London Sunday Times Interview,  January 05, 2020 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1275)

  1. LadyGrayse says:

    Loved the article. And hate to tell him, but he’ll always be a heartthrob to me.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi LadyGrayse, Glad you were able to read the Sunday Times article. It was stuck behind a pay wall for me–so I signed up for the free trial subscription and was able to read the article. Ha!

      And I agree with you about Richard Armitage being forever a heartthrob. He has an infinite capacity for smoulder and charm–a devastatingly swoon worthy combination. Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. January 05, 2020–Thanks for voting/starring my SAL blog post #1275! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;->



  3. And the Author of the Sunday TImes article has been revealed:


  4. And thanks to Mat Khal and to RABulgaria for sharing the full length image of this new Richard Armitage portrait shared in the Sunday Times article–from RA’s Instagram!


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  6. Russian media mention Uncle Vanya and Richard Armitage as its star:


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