Three Sisters (West End) London Reviews and Tickets
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About the Show
Olivier Award winner Dodin directs Chekhov's play about three sisters in a rural Russian town.
Chekhov's tragi-comic drama follows the lives of three sisters who move from the big city of Moscow to a small rural town in Russia. Staged by the esteemed Russian theatre company, Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg with direction by award winning director, Lev Dodin.
...a superb adaptation of Three Sisters set amid Nigeria’s civil war, one which brilliantly fuses the personal and political...also confirms Ellams as one of our most exciting, insightful playwrights.'
At its best it is a fine, consciousness-expanding example of this year’s trend for fashioning wise new plays out of classics. The acting is top-notch. But I wish director Nadia Fall had reined in Ellams’s excesses...'
...'the most striking fact of Fall's production is that for all the piercing drama that unfolds is how much genuine humour it finds... Nadia Falls's expansive production... pulses with a sense of danger and conflict...'
The production and the performances are first-rate, and the house rose spontaneously at the end of a long evening. Yet I still wish Ellams had been even more ruthlessly radical in rewriting Chekhov.'
All in all, it's a smart and sophisticated rethinking, a production that gives a new patina and different depths to an old favourite, provoking new thoughts and old feelings in a very Chekovian way.'
...a fresh but sometimes overburdened new take...a free adaptation that could afford to be freer...but when Ellams finds moments of synchronicity between continents, they’re painfully beautiful.'
It’s a revealing adaptation... one that maintains much of the spirit of the original while transplanting it to a dramatically different world (though some of the textual balances perhaps feel stretched...).'