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Ended 13 May 2017 after 2 days

The leading muscovite ensemble Sovremenik are revelatory in their production of Chekhov's masterpiece

The Guardian, 2011

Closed 13 May 2017

The acclaimed staging of Chekhov's iconic play

The third and final production in Sovremennik Theatre's triple bill of celebrated plays comes to London this May, following stagings of Erich Maria Remarque's Three Comrades and William Gibson's Two For The Seesaw. Praised as one of the seminal versions of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, this Russian language production has travelled the world over, sharing Chekhov's great, tragicomic story of women contending with disillusioned life in a small Russian town. Galina Volchek directs this luminous, complex play with rich insight into Chekhov's eloquent understanding of resignation, longing, and love.

Each sister is at a different stage in her life, and their desire for their previous grand life in Moscow gives them a disdainful air, which will come back to haunt them later. As they marry and settle down, they learn that life is full of compromise, whether emotionally, or materially. The main villain of the piece is the seemingly clumsy Natasha, whose plain exterior hides a cold and manipulative schemer underneath, much to the sisters' brother Andrei's despair. Things come to a head when Natasha cruelly treats their aged servant, and disaster strikes the village. Will the sisters ever get what they wished for?

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Opening night: 11 May 2017

Closing night: 13 May 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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Performed in Russian with English surtitles

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