Meet the cast of Three Sisters and win tickets to the hottest stage show this winter!

Set with a Nigerian backdrop and all-black cast, this is a classic Anton Chekhov play as it’s never been done before…

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If upping the cultural delights is on your list of resolutions for the year ahead, then London’s National Theatre has a real treat in store for you.

Three Sisters is showing at the National Theatre

Next week the curtain goes up on a fresh re-telling of Three Sisters, the classic Anton Chekhov play. You can say goodbye to stuffy period costumes and horses and carts; this time the enduring story is expecting to wow audiences with an all-black cast and vastly different backdrop.

Sarah Niles who plays Lolo in rehearsals for Three Sisters. Photo by The Other Richard.

Inua Ellams, the man who gave us the sell-out show The Barbershop Chronicles, which ended up going on a world tour after massive critical and commercial success, transfers Chekhov’s drama from 1900s Russia to 1960s Nigeria as the Biafran Civil War moves ever closer. Time and place may be different but the themes are timeless as the play proves – and wait till you see the incredible cast!

Chekhov with an African twist

Instead of Olga, Masha and Irina, let us introduce you to Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo. The three sisters of the title are part of an intelligent, middle-class family struggling to deal with the aftermath of their father’s death and the departure of the colonial British; and this is all happening amidst the chaos of the military coups. As war creeps closer to their doorstep in a small village, the sisters yearn to return to the city of Lagos. Will they succeed?

Exploring colonisation and its lasting effects

Bringing the show to life are three super talented leads: Sarah Niles (Catastrophe, Dracula), Natalie Simpson (Les Miserables, Outlander) and Racheal Ofori (Enterprice, Artemis Fowl).

Three Sisters cast members. From left: Sarah Niles, Racheal Ofori and Natalie Simpson

They have been brought together through the brilliance of playwright-of-the-moment Ellams, a Londoner who has three sisters himself. He explained the significance of transferring the story to civil war Nigeria. “I’m hyper-aware that I’m using this Russian play to discuss British colonialisation of Nigeria,” he told the Standard, “subverting huge aspects of Western society and using the play to discuss things that we as a nation are afraid to bring up, like how to create a homeland and the rose-tinted lenses that so many people in the UK see colonialism through.”

Natalie Simpson added: “There are moments of lightness in the play but it is really dark, and these women fall on each other and support each other in different ways.”

Tissues at the ready.

Win a pair of tickets!

To celebrate the opening of Three Sisters we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader. To enter click here.

Good luck!

To make the play more accessible to everyone, the National is releasing hundreds of £15 tickets for every performance. Don’t miss out!

Three Sisters runs from 3 December at the Lyttelton at the National Theatre, London. For tickets go to www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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