Films & Theatre
Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters is re-worked at the National Theatre
- 10:00 pm
03 December 2019
Chekhov’s iconic characters are relocated to Nigeria in this bold new adaptation.
After impressing with sell-out Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams retruns to the National Theatre with a new take in Three Sisters.
Shifting the classic story from 1900 Russia to 1967 Nigeria, Ellams explores themes of frustration and rural confinement against a backdrop of the impending Biafran Civil War.
Instead of Olga, Masha and Irina, we have Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo. The sisters are adjusting to the chaos caused by military coups and mourning the death of their father. As the war encroaches on their small village, the sisters grow increasingly desperate to return to city life in Lagos.
Nadia Fall, Head of Theatre Royal Stratford East, directs this radically re-worked revival. We look forward to seeing how the Lyttelton stage transforms into Nigeria and how the well-known arc of Chekhov’s tragedy resonates in a new context.
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Dates & times
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm | 03 December 2019
Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX