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National Theatre - Lyttelton

Inua Ellams presents Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new adaptation for the National Theatre. Set on the brink of the Biafran Civil War, catch this exciting retelling until 29 February.

Chekhov is relocated to 1960s Nigeria as Inua Ellams adapts Three Sisters for the National Theatre and Fuel. The Barber Shop Chronicles playwright updates the Russian domestic drama in a moving retelling directed by Nadia Fall.

In 1960s Nigeria, two devastating military coups have disrupted the country and the Biafran Civil War is looming. Amongst the turmoil, Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are mourning the loss of their father. As foreign intervention and political uncertainty threatens to reach their village, the three sisters have one wish: to return to their home in Lagos.

Casting for Three Sisters at the National Theatre includes Sarah Niles (RSC: Antony and Cleopatra) as Lolo, Natalie Simpson (Shakespeare’s Globe: Boudica) as Nne Chukwu and Racheal Ofori (Old Fire Station: Snowflake) as Udo.

Three Sisters is adapted by Inua Ellams, whose play Barber Shop Chronicles earned critical acclaim at the National Theatre and on UK tour. Ellam’s new work The Half God of Rainfall premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2019 before transferring to Kiln Theatre the same year.

Director Nadia Fall’s credits include King Hedley II at the National Theatre and Hir at Bush Theatre. She is joined by a creative team including set and costume designer Katrina Lindsay (Small Island; The Lehman Trilogy), lighting designer Peter Mumford (The Ferryman) and composer Femi Temowo.

Inua Ellams sets a new standard for adapting the canon with this powerful reimagining of a well-known classic. Three Sisters plays at the National Theatre’s Lyttleton Theatre until 19 February 2020.

Sorry this show closed 01 February 2020, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
31 Jan 2020 - 01 Feb 2020
Running time:
3 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 14+
Audience Notes:
Lovers of European drama should book tickets for Three Sisters, which offers a fresh take on the story. Fans of Inua Ellam’s Barber Shop Chronicles will also enjoy the show, which tops off an incredible year for the playwright.

Three Sisters Reviews

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User Reviews


This is a good re-telling of one of Checkhov's best plays, however this one is set in 1967 during the Nigerian Civil War. It's very long at 3 hours 15 mins and it does drag at first, but stick with it! The acting is wonderful and the story is so g Read more

Performance date: 28 December 2019

Amazing acting i forgot i was in the audience i got so absorbed. It taught me so much about the Biafran Civil War which i knew nothing of. It was a pure black cast which was amazing to see. It showed how the war affected everyone poor and rich, it br Read more

Performance date: 13 February 2020
Performance date: 17 February 2020
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