Play by Anton Chekhov. Following the death of their army General father, and now stuck in a provincial garrison town, out on the edge of Russia, Olga, Masha and Irina dream of freedom, of sex, of romance and returning to Moscow - a city remembered through the eyes of childhood as a place where happiness is possible. On Irina's name-day, a day of radiant sunshine, two figures appear in their lives - Vershinin and Natasha. Each will transform the family.
The three sisters are 'Olga Sergeyevna Prozorova' (Olga), 'Maria Sergeyevna Kulygina' (Masha), and 'Irina Sergeyevna Prozorova' (Irina). Their brother is 'Andrei Sergeyevich Prozorov' (Andrey), who marries 'Natalia Ivanovna' (Natasha). Masha's husband is 'Fyodor Ilyich Kulygin' (Fyodor). Other characters in the play include Lieutenant colonel 'Aleksandr Ignatyevich Vershinin', Lieutenant 'Baron Nikolaj Lvovich Tuzenbach', Staff Captain 'Vassily Vasilyevich Solyony', Doctor 'Ivan Romanovich Chebutykin', Second-lieutenant 'Aleksej Petrovich Fedotik', Second-lieutenant 'Vladimir Karlovich Rode', the caretaker at the local Council offices, Ferapont Spiridonitch, and an elderly nurse, 'Anfisa', who has always worked for the Prozorov family.
Although some productions have used slight variations in the spelling of the character names, the above names have been used for consistancy.
The Gate Theatre, Dublin, performance of the play at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1990 was particularly notable for having the 'three sisters' played by three real-life sisters: Sorcha Cusack, Sinead Cusack and Niamh Cusack, while their father, Cyril Cusack, played the role of 'Chebutikin'. Later the same year, at the West End's Queen's Theatre, real-life sisters Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave played 'Olga' and 'Masha' respectively, while their neice (their brother Corin Redgrave's daughter) Jemma Redgrave played 'Irina'.
The Three Sisters - the musical by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern
Opened 9 April 1934, Closed 9 June 1934 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Three Sisters is a musical with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Jerome Kern - and is totally unrelated to Anton Chekhov's play of the same name.
This show, set in the English countryside and covering the time period from just before the First World War to a few years after, concerned a father Will Babour who has three daughters, Tiny, Dorrie and Mary, and their respective 'love-interests', Eustance Titherley, Sir John Marsden and Gypsy Wood.
The cast included Eliot Makeham as 'Will Babour', Charlotte Greenwood. as 'Tiny', Adele Dixon, as 'Dorrie', Victoria Hopper, as 'Mary', Stanley Holloway as 'Eustance Titherley', Richard Dolman as 'Sir John Marsden', Esmond Knight as 'Gypsy Wood', and Albert Burdon as 'George Purvis'.
Directed by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, with choreography by Ralph Reader, and designs by Gladys Calthrop.
London Premiere 1920 - Court Theatre
8 March 1920 (matinee) at the Court Theatre (now Royal Court Theatre)
Presented by the Art Theatre for one matinee performance only in a translation by Harold Bowen.
The cast included Margery Bryce as 'Olga', Irene Rathbone as 'Masha', Dorothy Massingham as 'Irina', Tom Nesbitt as 'Andrey', Helena Millais as 'Natasha', Harcourt Williams as 'Vershinin', Joseph A Dodd as 'Tuzenbach', and Leyton Cancellor as 'Chebutikin'.
Directed by Vera Donnet.
West End London Premiere 1929 - Fortune Theatre
Opened 16 February 1926, Closed 20 March 1926 at the Barnes Theatre (now Olympic Studios)
Returned 25 October 1926, Closed 27 November 1926 at the Barnes Theatre (slightly recast)
Revived 23 October 1929, Closed 7 December 1929 at the Fortune Theatre
Presented by Philip Ridgeway in a translation by Constance Garnett.
The original Barnes Theatre cast included Mary Sheridan as 'Olga', Margaret Swallow as 'Masha', Beatrix Thomson as 'Irina', Douglas Burbidge as 'Andrey', Dorice Fordred as 'Natasha', Guy Pelham Boulton as 'Fyodor', Ion Swinley as 'Vershinin', John Gielgud as 'Tuzenbach', and Daniel Roe as 'Chebutikin'. The October return season was slightly re-cast.
The original West End cast at the Fortune Theatre included Prudence Vanbrugh as 'Olga', Margaret Swallow as 'Masha', Rosalind Fuller as 'Irina', Douglas Burbidge as 'Andrey', Margot Sieveking as 'Natasha', Ion Swinley as 'Vershinin', Glen Byam Shaw as 'Tuzenbach', and Daniel Roe as 'Chebutikin'.
Directed and designed by Theodore Komisarjevsky.
The Barnes Theatre, in Church Road, Barnes, London is now the Olympic Studio Cinema.
1st West End London Revival 1935 - Old Vic Theatre
Opened 12 November 1935, Closed 30 November 1935 at the Old Vic Theatre
Translated by Constance Garnett.
The cast featured Marie Ney as 'Olga', Vivienne Bennett as 'Masha', Nancy Hornsby as 'Irina', Keneth Kent as 'Andrey', Myrtle Richardson as 'Natasha', Andrew Leigh as 'Fyodor', Ion Swinley as 'Vershinin', William Devlin as 'Tuzenbach', George Woodbridge as 'Solyony', Cecil Trouncer as 'Chebutikin', Richard Warner as 'Fedotik', Alwyn Whatsley as 'Rode', Alex Clunes as 'Ferapont', and Ursula Granville as 'Anfisa', with John Brooking, Janet Folkard, Guy Haslewood, Kathleen Ludlow and Arliss Marriott.
Directed by Henry Cass with designs by Bagnall Harris.
2nd West End London Revival 1938 - Queen's Theatre
Opened 28 January 1938, Closed 13 April 1938 at the Queen's Theatre
Translated by Constance Garnett.
The cast featured Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as 'Olga', Carol Goodner as 'Masha', Peggy Ashcroft as 'Irina', George Devine as 'Andrey', Angela Baddeley as 'Natasha', Leon Quartermaine as 'Fyodor', John Gielgud as 'Vershinin', Michael Redgrave as 'Tuzenbach', Glem Byam Shaw as 'Solyony', Frederick Lloyd as 'Chebutikin', Alec Guinness as 'Fedotik', Harry Andrews as 'Rode', George Howe as 'Ferapont', and Marie Wright as 'Anfisa', with Alastair Bannerman, Michael Brennan, Alexis Chesnakov, Barbara Dillon, Hereward Russell, Merula Salaman, Peter Whitehead, Cecil Winter and Pardoe Woodman.
Directed by Michel Saint-Denis with designs by Motley (Margaret 'Percy' Harris, Sophie Harrisand Elizabeth Montgomery Wilmot).
3rd West End London Revival 1951 - Aldwych Theatre
Opened 3 May 1951, Closed 1 September 1951 at the Aldwych Theatre
Adapted by Peter Ashmore from a literal translation by Maria Britneva.
The cast featured Celia Johnson as 'Olga', Margaret Leighton as 'Masha', Renee Asherson as 'Irina', Michael Warre as 'Andrey', Diana Churchill as 'Natasha', Walter Hudd as 'Fyodor', Ralph Richardson as 'Vershinin', Robert Beaumont as 'Tuzenbach', Eric Porter as 'Solyony', Harcourt Williams as 'Chebutikin', Peter Sallis as 'Fedotik', Peter Wigzell as 'Rode', John McDarby as 'Ferapont', and Frances Waring as 'Anfisa', with Alexis Chesnakov, Isolde Denham and Terence Longdon.
Directed by Peter Ashmore with sets by Anthony Holland, and costumes by Gladys Cobb.
London Revival 1958 - Sadler's Wells Theatre (Moscow Art Theatre Company)
Opened 16 May 1958, Closed 13 June 1958 (in repertory) at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Presented by the Moscow Art Theatre Company and performed in Russian.
Directed by Yosif M Rayevsky, on the original by Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, with designs by Vladimir Dmitriev.
4th West End Revival 1965 - Aldwych Theatre (Actors Studio Theatre Company)
Opened 13 May 1965, Closed 22 May 1965 (in repertory) at the Aldwych Theatre
Presented as part of the World Theatre Season by the Actors Studio Theatre Company of New York, USA, in a new translation by Randall Jarrell.
Directed by Lee Strasberg.
London Revival 1967 - Royal Court Theatre
Previewed 14 April 1967, Opened 18 April 1967, Closed 3 June 1967 at the Royal Court
Translated by Edward Bond.
The cast featured Avril Elgar as 'Olga', Glenda Jackson as 'Masha', Marianne Faithful as 'Irina', George Cole as 'Andrey', Margie Lawrence as 'Natasha', Peter Russell as 'Fyodor', Michael Gwynn as 'Vershinin', Roddy Maude-Roxby as 'Tuzenbach', John Shepherd as 'Solyony', Alan Webb as 'Chebutikin', John Nettles as 'Fedotik', Toby Salaman as 'Rode', John Roe as 'Ferapont', and Madoline Thomas as 'Anfisa', with Rosemary McHale and Stuart Mungall.
Directed by William Gaskill with designs by Abd'Elkander Farrah.
5th West End London Revival 1967 - Old Vic Theatre (National Theatre)
Opened 4 July 1967, Closed 26 April 1969 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre
Presented by the National Theatre in a translation by Moura Budberg.
The original cast featured Jeanne Watts as 'Olga', Joan Plowright as 'Masha', Louise Purnell as 'Irina', Anthony Hopkins as 'Andrey', Sheila Reid as 'Natasha', Kenneth Mackintosh as 'Fyodor', Robert Stephens as 'Vershinin', Derek Jacobi as 'Tuzenbach', Frank Wylie as 'Solyony', Paul Curran as 'Chebutikin', Ronald Pickup as 'Fedotik', David Belcher as 'Rode', Harry Lomax as 'Ferapont', and Wynne Clark as 'Anfisa', with Carolyn Jones, Mary Griffiths and Leonard Pearce.
During the run the following took over various roles: John Stride, and then Derek Jacobi took over as 'Andrey'; Alan Bates took over as 'Vershinin'; Ronald Pickup as 'Tuzebach'; Laurence Olivier as 'Chebutikin'; Richard Kay as 'Fedotik'; and Daphne Heard as 'Anfissa'.
Directed by Laurence Olivier with sets by Josef Svoboda, costumes by Beatrice Dawson, lighting by Richard Pilbrow, and music by Marc Wilkinson.
The final cast (as listed above) then reprised their roles for the filmed version that was directed by Laurence Olivier and John Sichel, and was released at cinemas in the UK in November 1970.
6th West End London Revival 1969 - Aldwych Theatre (Divadlo za Branou, Czechoslovkia)
Opened 28 April 1969, Closed 30 April 1969 at the Aldwych Theatre
Presented as part of the World Theatre Season by Otomar Krejca's Divadlo za Branou (Theatre behind the Gate), Czechoslovkia, and performed in Czech.
7th West End London Revival 1976 - Cambridge Theatre
Previewed 22 June 1976, Opened 23 June 1976, Closed 18 September 1976 at the Cambridge Theatre
Translated by Elisaveta Fen.
The cast featured Susan Engel as 'Olga', Janet Suzman as 'Masha', Angela Down as 'Irina', John Shrapnel as 'Andrey', June Richie as 'Natasha', Antony Brown as 'Fyodor', Nigel Davenport as 'Vershinin', Peter Eyre as 'Tuzenbach', Peter Bayliss as 'Solyony', Sebastian Shaw as 'Chebutikin', Geoffrey Collins as 'Fedotik', Mike Hayward as 'Rode', Tony Jay as 'Ferapont', and Jean Taylor-Smith as 'Anfisa', with Penelope Harris, Rob English, Ian Godfrey and Roger Richardson.
Directed by Jonathan Miller with sets by Patrick Robertson, costumes by Rosemary Vercoe, and lighting by Nick Chelton.
London Revival 1980 - Donmar Warehouse Theatre (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Previewed 2 April 1980, Opened 8 April 1980, Closed 3 May 1980 at the Warehouse (now Donmar Warehouse)
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in a translation by Richard Cottrell.
The cast featured Janet Dale as 'Olga', Suzanne Bertish as 'Masha', Emily Richard as 'Irina', Timothy Spall as 'Andrey', Susan Tracy as 'Natasha', Patrick Godfrey as 'Fyodor', Edward Petherbridge as 'Vershinin', Roger Rees as 'Tuzenbach', Bob Peck as 'Solyony', Griffith Jones as 'Chebutikin', Teddy Kempner as 'Fedotik', Roderick Horn as 'Rode', Clyde Pollitt as 'Ferapont', and Rose Hill as 'Anfisa', with Cathryn Harrison and Springate Richard.
Directed by Trevor Nunn with designs by John Napier, lighting by Brian Harris, and music and sound by Henry Ward.
8th West End Revival 1987 - Albery Theatre
Previewed 19 March 1987, Opened 23 March 1987, Closed 2 May 1987 at the Greenwich Theatre
Previewed 29 May 1987, Opened 3 June 1987, Closed 29 August 1987 at the Albery Theatre (now Noel Coward Theatre)
Translated by Michael Frayn.
The cast at the Greenwich Theatre, London, featured Sara Kestelman as 'Olga', Joanne Whalley as 'Masha', Katherine Schlesinger as 'Irina', Martyn Stanbridge as 'Andrey', Cathryn Harrison as 'Natasha', David Allister as 'Fyodor', Ian Ogilvy as 'Vershinin', Paul Jesson as 'Tuzenbach', Ron Cook as 'Solyony', Peter Sallis as 'Chebutikin', Trevor Brohier as 'Fedotik', Bill French as 'Rode', Jeremy Swift as 'Ferapont', and Elisabeth Bradley as 'Anfisa'.
The original London West End cast at the Albery Theatre featured Sara Kestelman as 'Olga', Francesca Annis as 'Masha', Katherine Schlesinger as 'Irina', Hywel Bennett as 'Andrey', Susan Penhaligon as 'Natasha', David Allister as 'Fyodor', Ian Ogilvy as 'Vershinin', Ron Heyland as 'Tuzenbach', Ron Cook as 'Solyony', Geoffrey Chater as 'Chebutikin', Trevor Brohier as 'Fedotik', Bill French as 'Rode', Walter Brwon as 'Ferapont', and Elisabeth Bradley as 'Anfisa'.
Directed by Elijah Moshinsky with designs and lighting by John Bury.
London Revival 1988 - Barbican Theatre (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Previewed 4 August 1988, Opened 9 August 1988, Closed 11 February 1989 (in repertory) at the Barbican TheatrePresented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in a new version by John Barton from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport.
The original cast featured Deborah Findlay as 'Olga', Harriet Walter as 'Masha', Stella Gonet as 'Irina', Bruce Alexander as 'Andrey', Pippa Guard as 'Natasha', David Bradley as 'Fyodor', Brian Cox as 'Vershinin', Nicholas Farrell as 'Tuzenbach', David Howey as 'Solyony', Joseph O'Conor as 'Chebutikin', Akim Mogaji as 'Fedotik', William Chubb as 'Rode', Griffith Jones as 'Ferapont', and Lala Lloyd as 'Anfisa', with Emma Hitching, Labau Leake, Michael Loughnan, Gary Powell, Helen Sheals and Gordon Warnecke.
Directed by John Barton with sets by Timothy O'Brien, costumes by Louise Belson, lighting by Robert Bryan, music by Richard Brown and Guy Woolfenden, and sound by Michael McCoy and Paul Spedding.
9th West End London Revival 1989 - Old Vic Theatre (Katona Jozsef Theatre, Hungary)
Opened 13 July 1989, Closed 18 July 1989 at the Old Vic Theatre
Presented as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) by the Katona Jozsef Theatre, Budapest, Hungary, and performed in Hungarian.
London Revival 1990 - Royal Court Theatre
Previewed 19 July 1990, Opened 24 July 1990, Closed 29 September 1990 at the Royal Court Theatre
Presented by the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in a new version by Frank McGuinness from a literal translation by Rose Cullen.
The cast featured Sorcha Cusack as 'Olga', Sinead Cusack as 'Masha', Niamh Cusack as 'Irina', Mark Lambert as 'Andrey', Lesley Manville as 'Natasha', Tim Hickey as 'Fyodor', Nicky Henson as 'Vershinin', Barry Lynch as 'Tuzenbach', David Herlihy as 'Solyony', Cyril Cusack as 'Chebutikin', Dan Mullane as 'Fedotik', Jonathan Sharpe as 'Rode', Seamus Forde as 'Ferapont', and Patricia Hayes as 'Anfisa', with Isabel Brook, Helen Hennessy and Mark Vegh.
Directed by Adrian Noble with choreography by Diana Theodores, designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Alan Burrett, music by Michael McGlynn, and sound by Bryan Bowen.
10th West End London Revival 1990 - Queen's Theatre
Previewed 5 December 1990, Opened 11 December 1990, Closed 2 March 1991 at the Queen's Theatre
Adapted by Nikloas Simmonds from a literal translation by Helen Molchanoff.
The cast featured Vanessa Redgrave as 'Olga', Lynn Redgrave as 'Masha', Jemma Redgrave as 'Irina', Jeremy Northam as 'Andrey', Phoebe Nicholls as 'Natasha', Michael Carter as 'Fyodor', Stuart Wilson as 'Vershinin', Aden Gillett as 'Tuzenbach', Adrian Rawlins as 'Solyony', Graham Crowden as 'Chebutikin', Alex Hardy as 'Fedotik', Ian Bolt as 'Rode', John Gill as 'Ferapont', and Edna Dore as 'Anfisa', with Sybil Allen, Nigel Bellairs, William Cox, Louise Francis, Patrick Gordon and Patricia Heneghan.
Directed by Robert Sturua with designs and lighting by Giorgi Meskishvili, and sound by Paul Arditti.
11th West End London Revival 1999 - Trafalgar Studios (Oxford Stage Company)
Previewed 25 May 1999, Opened 27 May 1999, Closed 3 July 1999 at the Trafalgar Studio 1
The Oxford Stage Company present Chekhov's Three Sisters in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson
The cast featured Claire Rushbrook as 'Olga', Claudie Blakley as 'Masha', Kelly Reilly as 'Irina', Paul Hilton as 'Andrey', Indira Varma as 'Natasha', Paul Ritter as 'Fyodor', Jonny Phillips as 'Vershinin', Tom Smith as 'Tuzenbach', Bohdan Poraj as 'Solyony', Robert Langdon Lloyd as 'Chebutikin', Michael Fassbender as 'Fedotik', Paul Rainbow as 'Rode', Michael O'Hagan as 'Ferapont', and June Broughton as 'Anfisa'.
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole with sets by Ti Green, costumes by Agnes Treplin, lighting by Chris Davey, and sound by Simon Whitehorn.
"Chekhov wrote The Three Sisters in 1899 and, more than any of his other plays, it has a fin de siècle feel. People talk obsessively about a future in which there will be balloon travel, no more war, discovery of a sixth sense, plenty of problems for individuals but happiness for humankind in general. Heaven knows what audiences will make of the piece in 2099, but there are many moments to make you and I shake our heads. As a good doctor, Chekhov must have known he was dying of TB when he penned the play. That, too, explains why Dominic Dromgoole's highly intelligent production seems more than usually preoccupied with time. Time may be a friend to future generations, but now it is a foe. Time is inexorably passing and, in particular, passing by the Prozorov sisters and their dreams of fulfilment in faraway Moscow... All the members of Dromgoole's Oxford Stage Company justify the troupe's residence in London by chronicling the characters' decline with a scrupulous sensitivity... Samuel Adamson's translation takes the trend towards colloquialism pretty far... but it adds energy and immediacy - and what's so wrong with that?" The Times
"This story of unhappy siblings marooned in St Petersburg and pining for Moscow is a relentless, remorseless litany of shabby-genteel self-pity. Every relationship is doomed, every hope dashed, and, most irritatingly, every goodbye endlessly prolonged. All that said, Dominic Dromgoole's production for Oxford Stage Company is a shrewd, subtle reading of The Three Sisters, resuscitating the bleakly humourous dimension which is often suffocated by pervasive, choking melancholia. Dromgoole's cast is almost too good: the dignity and depth given to each character nearly turns the production into a collection of star turns rather than a coherent whole... Dromgoole has commissioned a new translation from young playwright Samuel Adamson, with the sole apparent purpose of updating Chekhovian slang and abuse to a level that is currently acceptable... Dromgoole's production is fine indeed, but it's also over three hours long, and there's only so much of The Three Sisters I can take." The London Evening Standard
The Three Sisters in London at the Trafalgar Studios previewed from 25 May 1999, opened on 27 May 1999 and closed on 3 July 1999
12th West End London Revival 2003 - Playhouse Theatre
Previewed 20 March 2003, Opened 3 April 2003, Closed 29 June 2003 at the Playhouse Theatre
Kristin Scott Thomas in her West End stage debut in Anton Chekhov's classic study of provincial life exploring the irony of hope and the inadequacy of consolation, presented in a new version by Christopher Hampton, from a literal translation by Vera Liber.
The original cast featured Kate Burton as 'Olga', Kristin Scott Thomas as 'Masha', Madeleine Worrall as 'Irina', Douglas Hodge as 'Andrey', Susannah Wise as 'Natasha', James Fleet as 'Fyodor', Robert Bathurst as 'Vershinin', Tobias Menzies as 'Tuzenbach', Tom Beard as 'Solyony', David Burke as 'Chebutikin', Sebastian Bates as 'Fedotik', David Antrobus as 'Rode', Eric Sykes as 'Ferapont', and Margery Mason as 'Anfisa'. From 20 May 2003, Susannah Harker took over as 'Masha', and Stephen Ballantyne took over as 'Andrey'.
Directed by Michael Blakemore with sets by Robin Don, costumes by John Bright, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Richard Storry, and sound by Paul Arditti.
"This one is good, and often enough it is something more... Michael Blakemore, directing, and Hampton, translating, have made this a remarkably unpretentious Three Sisters, with no stagey grandiloquence or artificial lyricism... Blakemore's blocking is occasionally too symmetrical for Chekhov. Yet this production's pace and tone kept growing on me: it never inflates its characters, and always it lets us see them from multiple viewpoints." The Financial Times
"Michael Blakemore’s revival is as careful, sensitive and unostentatious as Christopher Hampton’s translation. There isn’t a weak or ill-considered performance on view, and the strong ones aren’t to be found only where you’d expect. Yes, Kristin Scott Thomas brings an emotional fineness to the role of the most passionate sister, Masha — but what about Douglas Hodge’s superb Andrei, or Susannah Wise’s unexpected Natasha, or even Eric Sykes as the old, deaf factotum Ferapont, trundling and puffing about Robin Don’s run-down mansion like an antique steam car?" The Times
"The beauty of Chekhov's Three Sisters is not what does happen, but what doesn't. It is the unfulfilment, the disappointment, the shattered dreams and disillusion of the three young women languishing in a Russian backwater that is so absorbing. Or can be. Michael Blakemore's starstudded new production isn't bad, but it's stodgy and lacklustre, entirely lacking atmosphere or urgency. Christopher Hampton's oddly colourless new adaptation is partly to blame; as is Robin Don's dreadful set, a metal rack at the back, presumably to suggest the cage of boredom and dreariness which imprisons the girls. Crude, cramped, ugly, oppressive. The biggest disappointment is Robert Bathurst, that handsome hunk from Cold Feet and an actor of great intelligence, wit and subtlety... Alas, his feeble, phoney, camp, semidetached performance has all the dash and sex appeal of an overweight maiden aunt... Fortunately, though, there are compensations, not least a wonderfully assured London stage debut for Kristin Scott Thomas... It's a performance of radiance, intensity and real star quality. Kate Burton is splendid as the wholesome, straightlaced big sister, Olga, and Madeleine Worrall makes a touching little sister Irina, whose freshness turns to frumpiness over the course of the play. There are fine performances, too, from Douglas Hodge, as the fat, shambling, henpecked brother married to the insensitive upstart Natasha (a wonderfully grating Susannah Wise); from Tom Beard, who makes a particularly disturbing and creepy Solyony; and from Tobias Menzies, a nicely nervy baron. James Fleet deserves a B+ for playing the schoolmaster as James Fleet. The usually reliable Blakemore, however, deserves a detention for his direction." The Mail on Sunday
The Three Sisters in London at the Playhouse Theatre previewed from 20 March 2003, opened on 3 April 2003 and closed on 29 June 2003
London Revival 2003 - Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre)
Previewed 2 August 2003, Opened 12 August 2003, Closed 18 October 2003 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre
The National Theatre present Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters in a new version by Nicholas Wright, from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport
The cast featured Lorraine Ashbourne as 'Olga', Eve Best as 'Masha', Anna Maxwell Martin as 'Irina', Dominic Rowan as 'Andrey', Lucy Whybrow as 'Natasha', Angus Wright as 'Fyodor', Ben Daniels as 'Vershinin', Paul Hilton as 'Tuzenbach', Tim McMullan as 'Solyony', Patrick Godfrey as 'Chebutikin', Thomas Arnold as 'Fedotik', Peter Eastland as 'Rode', Peter Needham as 'Ferapont', and Antonia Pemberton as 'Anfisa', with Beth Fitzgerald, Fiona Mason, Sean Jackson and Jessica Green.
Directed by Katie Mitchell with choreography by Kate Flatt, designs by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by Paule Constable, and music by Paul Clark.
The Three Sisters in London at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre previewed from 2 August 2003, opened on 12 August 2003, and closed on 18 October 2003 (in repertory)
13th West End London Revival 2011 - Noel Coward Theatre (Moscow Sovremennik Theatre)
Opened 24 January 2011, Closed 25 January 2011 at the Noel Coward Theatre
Moscow Sovremennik Theatre present Anton Checkov's Three Sisters in London - performed in Russian with English surtitles
The cast featured Olga Drozdova as 'Olga', Chulpan Khamatova/Alyona Babenko as 'Masha', Victoria Romanenko as 'Irina', Ilya Drevnov as 'Andrey', Marina Alexandrove/Elena Plaksina as 'Natasha', Sergei Yushkevich as 'Fyodor', Vladislav Vetrov as 'Vershinin', Ivan Stebunov as 'Tuzenbach', Artur Smolyaninov as 'Solyony', and Igor Kvasha as 'Chebutikin'.
Directed by Galina Volchek with designs by Petr Kirillov and Vyacheslav Zaitsev, costumes by Vyacheslav Zaitsev, and lighting by Damir Ismagilov.
The Three Sisters in London at the Noel Coward Theatre opened on 24 January 2011, and closed on 25 January 2011
14th West End London Revival 2014 - Noel Coward Theatre (Mossovet State Academic Theatre)
Opened 24 April 2014, Closed 3 May 2014 (in repertory) at the Noel Coward Theatre
Mossovet State Academic Theatre present Andrei Konchalovsky's revival of Anton Checkov's Three Sisters in London - performed in Russian with English surtitles for a strictly limited season of just seven performances
This production plays in repertory with Uncle Vanya and is presented by the Государственный академический театр имени Театр Моссовета, which is one of the oldest theatres in Moscow having been founded in 1923. The director Andrei Konchalovsky says: "I am delighted to bringing these two Russian productions to London's West End. No matter how many times you appeal to Chekhov, he is inexhaustible. Every time his work is seen on stage, you find something unnoticed, unexperienced and undiscovered."
The cast featured Larisa Kuznetsova as 'Olga', Yulia Vysotskaya as 'Masha', Galina Bob as 'Irina', Alexey Grishin as 'Andrey', Natalia Vdovina as 'Natasha', Alexander Bobrovsky as 'Fyodor', Alexander Domogarov as 'Vershinin', Pavel Derevyanko as 'Tuzenbach', Vitaly Kishchenko as 'Solyony', Vladas Bagdonas / Alexander Filippenko as 'Chebutikin', Vladislav Bokovin as 'Fedotik', Evgeny Ratkov as 'Rode', Vladimir Goryushin as 'Ferapont', and Irina Kartasheva as 'Anfisa', with Ramune Khodorkaite, Elena Lobanove and Alexander Pavlov.
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky with movement by Ramune Khodorkaite, sets by Lyubov Skorina, costumes by Rustam Khamdamov, music by Eduard Artemyev, lighting by Andrey Izotov, and sound by Anna Bogacheva.
The Three Sisters in London at the Noel Coward Theatre opened on 24 April 2014, and closed on 3 May 2014 (in repertory)
15th West End London Revival 2017 - Piccadilly Theatre (Moscow Sovremennik Theatre)
Opened 11 May 2017, Closed 13 May 2017 at the Piccadilly Theatre
Moscow Sovremennik Theatre, Russia, present Chekhov's Three Sisters in London - performed in Russian with English surtitles for four performances only
The cast featured Olga Drozdova as 'Olga', Alyona Babenko as 'Masha', Victoria Romanenko as 'Irina', Ilya Lykov as 'Andrey', Yelena Plaksina as 'Natasha', Sergei Yushkevich as 'Fyodor', Vladislav Vetrov as 'Vershinin', Shamil Khamatov as 'Tuzenbach', Ilya Drevnov as 'Solyony', and Anatoly Uzdensky as 'Chebutikin'.
Directed by Galina Volchek with designs by Petr Kirillov and Vyacheslav Zaitsev, costumes by Vyacheslav Zaitsev, lighting by Damir Ismagilov, and music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg.
The Three Sisters in London at the Piccadilly Theatre opened on 11 May 2017, and closed on 13 May 2017
16th West End London Revival 2019 - Vaudeville Theatre (Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg)
Opened 19 June 2019, Closed 29 June 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre
The Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia, present Chekhov's Three Sisters in London - performed in Russian with English surtitles for ten performances only
The cast features Irina Tychinina as 'Olga', Ksenia Rappoport as 'Masha' (19 to 23 June), Elizaveta Boyarskaya as 'Masha' (25 to 29 June), Ekaterina Tarasova as 'Irina', Aleksandr Bikovskii as 'Andrey', Ekaterina Kleopina / Nadezhda Nekrasova as 'Natasha', Sergey Vlasov as 'Fyodor', Igor Chernevich as 'Vershinin', Oleg Ryzantsev as 'Tuzenbach', Stanislav Nikolskii as 'Solyony', Sergei Kuryshev as 'Chebutikin', Artur Kozin as 'Fedotik', Nikita Sidorov as 'Rode', Alexander Koshkarev as 'Ferapont', Natalia Sokolova as 'Anfisa' (19 to 23 June), and Natalia Akimova as 'Anfisa' (25 to 29 June), with Sergey Ivanov and Arina Sumkina.
Directed by Lev Dodin with designs by Alexander Borovsky, and lighting by Damir Ismagilov.
When this production opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in June 2019, Claire Allfree in the Daily Telegraph wrote that "Maly Drama Theatre, based in St Petersburg and run by Lev Dodin since 1983, is probably the foremost interpreter of Chekhov in the world. They rehearse each show for years and this production was first shown in 2010. You wouldn't know it, though: it crackles with an urgent electricity... Dodin has stripped Chekhov's play of its keening melodiousness, and what's left is a savagery that's without consolation." Chris Bennion in the Times said that "there's Chekhov and there's Chekhov. And you really haven't seen Chekhov until you've seen the Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg... When Lev Dodin and his extraordinary ensemble do Chekhov it is the very marrow of life - exuberant, passionate and so very, very Russian... As a portrait of lives congealed it is immaculate." Tom Birchenough in the i newspaper described how "Lev Dodin's St Petersburg ensemble must rank among the very best in world theatre today... This Three Sisters premiered in 2010 and has distilled in performance into the very best the Maly can offer, with complete ease of company playing in a style marked by its natural, nuanced intimacy... infused equally with wisdom and delight."
The Three Sisters in London at the Vaudeville Theatre opened on 19 June 2019, and closed on 29 June 2019