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Three Sisters - Almeida Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CORDELIA Lynn’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, runs at the Almeida Theatre from Monday, April 8 to Saturday, June 1, 2019.

We have no happiness and it doesn’t exist, we only desire it.

1901. Moscow. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

2019. London. In a drawing room, on a summer day, three sisters look for a new start. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

The clock strikes. Life is not yet over.

The cast includes Patsy Ferran and Pearl Chanda.

Rebecca Frecknall is Associate Director at the Almeida Theatre and was previously on the Almeida’s Resident Director Scheme supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation. For the Almeida, she previously directed Summer and Smoke, which transferred to the West End, and worked as Resident Director on Ink at the Almeida and Duke of York’s Theatre and Movement Director on Albion.

Cordelia Lynn’s plays include One For Sorrow; Best Served Cold; Lela & Co; Believers Anonymous and After The War. Her opera writing credits include Miranda and other vocal work includes Heave, The White Princess and you’ll drown dear. She was the recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission 2017.

Patsy Ferran previously appeared in Summer and Smoke at the Almeida Theatre. Her other theatre credits include My Mum’s A Twat (Royal Court); Speech and Debate (Trafalgar Studios); As You Like It and Treasure Island (National Theatre); The Merchant Of Venice (RSC); The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough) and Blithe Spirit Gielgud Theatre). Her television credits include Guerrilla and Jamestown (series regular). She has also appeared in the films Darkest Hour, God’s Own Country and Tulip Fever. She won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2014.

Pearl Chanda previously appeared at the Almeida in Ink (also West End). Her other credits include One For Sorrow (Royal Court); Julie (Northern Stage Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield Southampton Theatres); The Angry Brigade (Bush Theatre); Crave and 4.48 Psychosis (Sheffield Theatres); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC); Godchild (Hampstead Theatre); and The Seagull (Headlong Theatre).

Her screen work includes Motherland, Endeavour and Arthur and George (TV); The Final Haunting and Mr Turner (film).

Also at the Almeida: the world premiere of Shipwreck, a sinister new play by Anne Washburn (February 11 to March 30, 2019).