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Fri 22 Feb 2008–Tue 26 Feb 2008, 7:00pm–10:00pm

Where: The Opera House, 111 - 113 Manners Street, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • A: $86.50
  • A/FR: $81.50
  • B: $71.50
  • B/FR: $66.50
  • C: $46.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Olivia Bruce

Billed as one of the hottest theatre tickets of 2007, Three Sisters dazzles and surprises with its stellar Russian ensemble cast. Under the strong direction of Declan Donnellan, Chekhov's celebrated play unforgettably bursts out into entirely new dimensions.

Arguably the greatest play of the 20th century, Three Sisters is a sweeping family saga. Olga, Masha and Irina live with their brother Andrey in a small provincial town, dreaming of a better life in Moscow while dealing with the frustrations and dissatisfactions of the present. The arrival of the debonair officer Vershinin turns their world upside down. The family's eternal struggle to find meaning in life is charted by the changing moods of the play.

Donnellan together with Nick Ormerod formed Cheek by Jowl in 1981. It has been hailed as one of the 10 greatest theatre companies in the world, making its mark on the theatre world with a drive to re-examine classic texts, emphasising the actor's art. Cheek by Jowl productions have been seen in hundreds of countries.

Donnellan and Ormerod have been collaborating with Russian companies, including the Bolshoi and Maly Theatre of St Petersburg, since the mid-1980s. Donnellan became the first non-Russian to win a prestigious Golden Mask award – Russia's premiere theatre award. Building on this success, Donnellan and Ormerod formed a company in Moscow with some of the greatest Russian actors of our day under the auspices of the Chekhov Festival.

This co-production of Three Sisters is a sublime, achingly humane interpretation of one of Chekhov's finest plays.

In Russian with English subtitles

Director Declan Donnellan
Design Nick Ormerod

Photo credit Igor Zakharin

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