A free-falling reinvention of a classic masterpiece, Sydney Theatre Company presents by Andrew Upton’s new interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in the Drama Theatre at the Sydney Opera House this November.
The play focuses on three sisters living in a remote town. Olga, Masha and Irina dream of excitement, freedom and romance, but it seems heartbreak is all they’re going to get.
Young and full of ambition, Irina wants to have a real purpose – to work, to give back. Masha, stuck in what has become a loveless marriage, wants to feel the electric rush of passion once more. While Olga, the eldest, gives and gives until there is almost nothing left.
Set across a span of several years, Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece reveals the hopes, the loves and the sacrifices of its three sisters and the many people who cross their paths. In a world falling apart at the seams, people will go on living, loving and laughing. The human heart beats strong even in a vacuum.
Having created astonishing productions of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Artistic Director Kip Williams teams up with long-time collaborators, designer Alice Babidge (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and lighting designer Nick Schlieper (Chimerica), to create a bold, energetic new staging.
With a cast of fourteen superb actors – including Alison Bell, Miranda Daughtry and Eryn Jean Norvill as the sisters – Andrew Upton’s compelling new adaptation preserves the essential spirit of this beloved classic, whilst delving into the lives of these brilliant young women with a contemporary sensibility.
Director: Kip Williams Featuring: Alison Bell, Peter Carroll, Callan Colley, Miranda Daughtry, Harry Greenwood, Melita Jurisic, Brandon McClelland, Eryn Jean Norvill, Rahel Romahn, Chris Ryan, Nikki Shiels, Mark Leonard Winter, Anthony Brandon Wong, Charles Wu Designer: Alice Babidge Lighting Designer: Nick Schlieper Composer: THE SWEATS Sound Designer: Nate Edmondson
Drama Theatre – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
Season: 10 November – 16 December 2017 (previews: 6 – 9 November)
Information and Bookings: www.sydneytheatre.com.au
Image: Sydney Theatre Company presents Three Sisters – photo by Samuel Hodge