Three Sisters at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
Three Sisters at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 03 Dec 2019
Press night: 10 Dec 2019
Booking from: 31 Jan 2020
Booking until: 01 Feb 2020

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

14 Reviews Add review

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... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

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... More

ellieilling 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

alicep12 5"2, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

filipas 171cm, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

vivalabeat 172 cm, 193 reviews, 11 helpful votes

jbrown15 57 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Inua Ellams new writing of Chekhov Three Sisters set in Africa. Engrossing! Tremendous cast!

rachelgreene 109 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Captivating performance, informative, comical and sad at the same time. I would highly recommend it.

elainec19 1 review, 0 helpful votes

leylademirel 4.11, 166 reviews, 1 helpful vote