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Three Sisters - Southwark Playhouse

Three Sisters

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A SEARING new version of Chekhov’s most haunting masterpiece Three Sisters, reworked for the 21st century by Anya Reiss, receives its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse, where it runs from April 8 (previews from April 3) to May 3, 2014.

The production reunites the team behind 2012’s critically acclaimed, sell-out hit, The Seagull and is co-produced by the award-winning producer of last year’s Titanic.

You won’t be here. Not in thirty years. You’ll have had a stroke, or I’ll have shot you. It’ll be one or the other.

Three sisters. Three thousand miles from home. Overworked Olga, wild Masha and idealistic Irina dream of returning. Living in a world of deceit, desire and hard drinking it’s difficult but is there something else holding them back?

Anya Reiss wrote her first play when she was 14 and then became a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme. For the stage, she most recently adapted Chekhov’s The Seagull for Southwark Playhouse and Forty-Five Minutes, which played at the National Theatre’s 2013 Connections Festival. Prior to that she wrote The Acid Test which opened at the Royal Court in May 2011 and received rave reviews.

Her debut play, Spur of the Moment, (written when she was 17) opened at the Royal Court in July 2010, and won her the Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2010 Evening Standard Awards and the 2010 Critics’ Circle Awards and Best New Play at the 2010 TMA Awards.

Three Sisters is directed by Russell Bolam, who recently directed critically acclaimed productions of The Merry Wives Of Windsor at the Ivan Vasov, National Theatre of Bulgaria and Anya Reiss’ version of The Seagull and the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s Shivered, both at Southwark Playhouse.

The Seagull was long-listed for Best Off-West End Production at the Whatsonstage Awards and for Best Actor and Best Actress at the Off West End Awards. And Shivered was nominated for Best Off-West End Production at the Whatsonstage Awards and for Best Production, Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Director at the Off West End Awards.

Presented by Jagged Fence Productions and Danielle Tarento, Three Sisters has set and costume design by Anthony Lamble, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Max Pappenheim. Casting has yet to be announced.

Tickets: £18, £16 concessions. Previews (April 3 – 7) all seats £10. To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 8pm; Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.

Also at Southwark Playhouse: the UK premiere of Superior Donuts.