Three Sisters
by Anton Chekhov in a version by Nicholas Wright, 28 February-3 March 2012


Three Sisters premiered in at The Arts Theatre in 1901. Since then it has inspired a bewildering number of interpretations, having been viewed as both as a comedy and a tragedy, a poignant testimony to the eternal yearning for love and happiness and as a searing indictment of inert gentility and the folly of daydreaming. In Three Sisters, Chekhov gives us a world that does not allow for easy sentimental responses, where, as in life, no one actually has the answers. This unsettling quality is what still makes it a radical play today. The depth of detail and characterisation allows for as many reactions to the play as there are audience members and it touches us on the most personal and intimate level.

Four young people are left stranded in a provincial backwater after the death of their father, an army general. They focus on returning to Moscow, a city remembered through the eyes of childhood as a place where happiness is possible.

“It seems you’ve got to believe in something, or at least look for something to believe in, or your life is empty. Completely empty. If you don’t know why the cranes are flying, or why children are born, or why there stars in the sky... If we don’t know what we are here for, then our lives have no meaning, they’ve just sprayed up like weeds.”

For the three sisters, Olga, Masha, Irina, their brother Andrey, and for all those characters who orbit around the Prozorov household, there is a longing to make sense of life. There is a pressing need to have a sense of a future distinct from the stagnant and boring military-provincial society in which they live. Virtually everyone wants change; virtually no one believes it is possible. They fantasize about returning to Moscow; they talk about the need to work and yet they represent a generation whose whole energy is consumed in the very process of becoming conscious of its own inadequacy and impotence.

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"There is little evidence of Sedos theatre company's amateur status in its charming production which neatly balances the characters' loneliness and frustration with a sense of hope and humour."
One Stop Arts

"As the first show of 2012 for Sedos, Three Sisters rewards before it begins, by presenting the audience with a stunning set... the scale of the thing was impressive... The use of the depth of the stage at the Bridewell was a brilliant and brave move on the director's part, giving opportunity to place the actors as a framed piece of art."
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Cast

IRINA - Emily Lake
MASHA - Aurora Bowkett
OLGA - Claire Boynton
ANDREY - James Saunders
NATASHA - Jill Ruane
KULYGIN - Anthony Green
TUZENBACH - Ed O'Shaughnessy
CHEBUTYKIN - Bernard Doogan
VERSHININ - Simon Roberts
SOLYONY - Richard Watkins
FEDOTIK - Andrew Silverman
RODE - Paul Isaacs
FERAPONT - Bob Hough
ANFISA - Alison Liney
MAID 1 - Ruth Anthony
MAID 2 - Ivona Klemensova

YOUNG SOLDIER - Oliver Cox

Director: Roger Beaumont
Producer: Bronia Kupczyk

Stage Manager: Dinah Irvine and Valentine Monot
Set Design: Phil Lindley
Costume Design: Abigale Lewis
Lighting Design: Robin Snowdon
Marketing: Adrian Johnson
Photography: Michael Smith

Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov in a version by Nicholas Wright by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

The Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

28 February-3 March 2012, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (concessions £10) unless otherwise stated. Cash only on the door.


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Charity Night, Wednesday 29 February
50% of proceeds donated to Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Sedos Charity of the Year.

Q&A, Thursday, 1 March
There will be a post show Q&A with the director and cast after the performance on Thursday 1 Match.

Gala Night, Friday 2 March
Tickets £15 (concessions £12.50). Ticket includes a free Kir Royal, a show programme and a late bar.

Saturday Matinee Tea, Saturday 3 March
Audience members are invited to tea from 1.30pm and will receive a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake before the show, plus a free programme.

Concession: Sedos members, children, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the Bridewell Theatre are unreserved. Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.


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