About the show
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 forLovers 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+