Newtongrange actor Chisholm takes lead role in Uncle Varick

Rehearsals of Uncle Varick with Jimmy Chisholm on the right
Rehearsals of Uncle Varick with Jimmy Chisholm on the right

Newtongrange actor Jimmy Chisholm is preparing to play the title role in Uncle Varick – a witty Scottish take on a classic Chekov play.

John Byrne’s version of Uncle Vanya relocates the story from the Russian wilderness to the Scottish Highlands in the 1960s.

Former Para Handy and High Road actor Chisholm is looking forward to the play’s run at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from May 7 to 10.

He said: “It will be absolutely brilliant. Everybody says Chekov is comedy but usually I say there is no jokes, but John Byrne has brought comedy to it in this. It’s very funny.

“It’s about people that have come up from London who are yearning for the bright lights they have left behind.

“So it’s in a more conventional and up-to-date setting.

“It is a classic Chekov work, but I think John is one of the most fantastic writers we have ever produced in Scotland and there is plenty of laughs.

“The characters are outrageous, absolutely.

“I’m loving playing Uncle Varick, it’s a great part. It’s all to do with John’s writing.”

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