Following a critically acclaimed West End Season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket last year, with celebrated productions of Uncle Vanya and Life & Fate (Critics’ Choice The Guardian, Financial Times, Telegraph, Sunday Times) the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg return with a luminous retelling of Chekhov’s masterpiece, Three Sisters. Playing in London for 10 performances only from June 19th at the Vaudeville Theatre, press nights will be held on June 19th and 20th.
Rediscover the tragicomic story of the Prozorov sisters as they contend with their disillusioned lives in provincial Russia. Renowned director Lev Dodin directs this radiant, complex play with rich insight into Chekhov’s eloquent understanding of passion, resignation, longing, and love.
“Ethereal… these Russian actors seem to have an intuitive ability to make whiplash fluctuations feel like the most authentic expression of humanity’s common lot” Critics’ Pick – New York Times
Under the artistic directorship of Lev Dodin – one of the most celebrated theatre practitioners working today – the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg has become one of the greatest theatres in the world. During his 35-year tenure many of Dodin’s shows have won international awards including state prizes of Russian and the USSR, Golden Mask Awards and a Lawrence Olivier Award (becoming the first international company to do so for Stars in the Morning Sky, 1989). In 2000 he received the European Theatre Award.
Of Three Sisters, Dodin comments: “Checkov speaks with passion and eloquence about the hopelessness of our life, about the tragic discrepancies between our yearnings and reality, about the vital importance of staying true to oneself and preserving your dignity.
Three Sisters is a play about people with ideals. I think today too many of us – the world over – understand only too well what unfulfilled hopes are and the nature of fallen-through plans, lost illusions and impossible loves. We all unfortunately understand the universal language of loss. We understand the stern language in which life speaks to us – and in this life we must stay true to ourselves and preserve our personal dignity at any cost.”
ANDREI PROSOROV – Alexander Bikovsky
NATASHA, his fiancée, later his wife – Ekaterina Kleopina / Nadezhda Nekrasova
OLGA, his sister – Irina Tychinina
MASHA, his sister – Ksenia Rappoport (19-23 June) | Elizaveta Boyarskaya (25-29 June)
IRINA, his sister – Ekaterina Tarasova
KULIGIN, school teacher, Masha’s husband – Sergey Vlasov
VERSHININ, lieutenant-colonel – Igor Chernevich
TUZENBACH, baron, lieutenant in the army – Oleg Ryazanzev
SOLENI, captain – Stanislav Nikolskiy
CHEBUTIKIN, army doctor – Sergey Kuryshev
FEDOTIK, sub-lieutenant – Artur Kozin
RODE, sub-lieutenant – Nikita Sidorov
FERAPONT – Alexander Koshkarev
ANFISA, nurse – Natalia Sokolova (19-23 June)|Natalia Akimova (25-29 June) MAID – Arina Sumkina
SOLDIER – Sergey Ivanov
Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg’s Vaudeville season is presented by
Oliver King and Ekaterina Kashyntseva for Belka Productions
For more information visit Maly2019.com
London, WC2R 0NH
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes
Wednesday 19th June – Saturday 29th June 2019