Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Down the Rabbit Hole presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the latest play by the American playwright Christopher Durang. The show won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award in 2013 for best play, and was praised by the reviewers as “a humorous adaptation of Chekhovian themes that does not require any previous knowledge of Chekhov”.

A sold-out show, this play had audiences in Copenhagen on their feet with its absurdist scenes of physical comedy, tender monologues and wit.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a hilarious dramatic and heart-warming comedy about the relationships betweeen three middle-aged, single sisters, two of whom live together and are supported by the third, Masha. The play takes place during one of Masha’s visits. The three of them discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. Some of the elements in the play are taken from works by Anton Chekhov, including several of the characters’ names, the setting of the play in a cherry orchard, and the theme of loss of a childhood home.

The talented cast also includes:

Joshua Kenndal Shafir as the bare-chested toyboy Spike, Theresa Mangara as the crazy voodoo housekeeper and Seren Oroszvary as the lovely girl next door.


February 21-March 5 2018


HIT – House of International Theatre
Rådhusstræde 13, 4th floor
1466 Copenhagen K


For more information about the show, and how to book your tickets, please visit the show’s page at the House of International Theatre website.


Vanya is played by British/Canadian David Barrett, an excellent character actor and a budding director, having most recently worked in Copenhagen with The House of International Theatre, Copenhagen Theatre Circle, and Leftfield Theatre. We are also  delighted to welcome him as Ross in the Copenhagen performances of “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?”.

Sonia is played by versatile drama and comedy, British character actress Vanessa Poole, who is on the board of her own theatre group Playmate in Malmö and is best known in Sweden for playing Sarah in the SVT TV series Max’s Movie.  In Denmark her performances include the female lead in Down the Rabbit Hole’s productions of Venus in Fur and Elsie and Norm’s ‘Macbeth’. At HIT she was last seen in Playmate Theatre’s Talking Heads and in Manusarts’ Lovers, Authors and Other Strangers. Vanessa trained in the UK, Denmark and Sweden and is also a successful international voiceover artist.

Masha is played by Dina Rosenmeier, Danish-born international stage and film actress who studied at the Theatre School Sa Nau in Palma and the Stanislavski method for two years and has starred in several theater productions internationally. She also went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City.  For the past decade she has been working successfully in Film, Television and Theatre in Los Angeles, Spain and France.  Dina’s previous work for Down the Rabbit Hole include lead roles in No Exit Reloaded and Lovers, Authors and Other Strangers.

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