Important Info: All performances will be in Russian with English surtitles
Anton Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters has been enjoyed by audiences for over a century now, with film directors and theatre producers reviving it for different generations. Now it makes its way to the capital once again, this time in Russian (with English subtitles) and under the direction of Andrei Konchalovsky.
It appears at the Wyndham’s Theatre at the same time as another production of Chekhov’s – Uncle Vanya – also directed by Konchalovsky.
Three Sisters focuses on the trio of siblings as they yearn to relocate to Moscow where they were born. At the time of the story they dwell in a provincial town and whilst things begin to look up for them with the arrival of a military garrison nearby, fuelling their ambitions and providing some romantic encounters, it becomes increasingly unlikely that they will ever leave. Add to this their brilliant, but weak, brother and his overbearing wife and you have a tale that has compelled audiences since it was first produced in 1901.
Chekhov had written the play a year earlier in 1900 and it deals with themes such as the downfall of the upper classes in Russia, particularly as the sisters of the title inhabit a large house left to them by their late father, and symbols of hope like that of Moscow (where the sisters hope to return). The play has been performed regularly over the years and London theatre audiences have enjoyed numerous productions, like John Gielgud’s 1930s run that starred Michael Redgrave amongst its cast members.
But it is not the only work of Anton Chekhov to be held in such high regards all of these years later; The Seagull remaining a well known story, as well as Uncle Vanya and one of his last plays (alongside Three Sisters) The Cherry Orchard. His legacy has lived on long after his death and he remains one of the best known playwrights and short story writers of all time, with his effect on theatre still felt around the world.
Three Sisters runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Wednesday 23rd April 2014.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 30th April 2014|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 3rd May 2014|
|Important Info:||All performances will be in Russian with English surtitles|
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