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Three Sisters

A co-production with Fuel

a new play by Inua Ellams
after Chekhov

3 December 2019 to 19 February 2020
Running Time: 3 hours and 10 mins, inc. interval.

5 star rating

Brimming with life. Enlightening and heart-breaking

Broadway World
4 star rating

Superb – proof that Inua Ellams is one of our most exciting playwrights

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Exuberant – a real crowd pleaser

Sunday Times
4 star rating

Startlingly vivid

4 star rating

Revelatory – a new role for a great masterpiece

Financial Times
4 star rating

Detailed, thoughtful and feisty. Ellams gives the play absorbing new life

Daily Mail
4 star rating

Smart and sophisticated

4 star rating

Incredibly powerful

The Stage

Three Sisters

Love and longing in 1960s Nigeria.

Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos.

Following his smash-hit Barber Shop ChroniclesInua Ellams returns to the National Theatre with this heartbreaking retelling, directed by Nadia Fall (HomeDara).

Please note: This production contains strobe lighting.

Originally commissioned by Metta Theatre

Production supported by Leila Maw Straus, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, Juliet de Baubigny and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

Talks and events
Surviving Biafra: A Nigerwife’s Story Tue 7 Jan, 6pm
Three Sisters Student Conference Fri 31 Jan, 10.30am
Exploring Three Sisters and Chekhov Fri 7 Feb, 2pm
Writer Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall Fri 7 Feb, 6pm
Actors in Conversation Fri 14 Feb, 3pm
Inua Ellams' (W)R.A.P Party Thu 20 Feb, 7.30pm

Three Sisters | About the play

The cast of Three Sisters introduce Inua Ellams' stunning adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece. Music by Femi Temowo.

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Three Sisters | Audience Reactions

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Three Sisters | Sisterhood in the play

Actors Sarah Niles, Racheal Ofori and Natalie Simpson talk about the importance of sisterhood in Inua Ellams' adaptation of Three Sisters. Music by Femi Temowo

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Three Sisters ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices
*£75, £55, £48, £42, £32, £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 31 January, 7.30pm 
Sat 1 February, 2.15pm with a Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Fri 3 January, 7.30pm
Tue 28 January, 7.30pm
Wed 29 January, 2.15pm 


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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Chidi (Guitarist)
Adedeji Adetayo
Amarachi Attamah
Oka Mbem (The Chant Poet)
Amarachi Attamah
Tobi Bamtefa
Tobi Bamtefa
Peter Bankole
Nmeri Ora
Peter Bankolé
Lola May
Ensemble / US Abosede/Nne Chukwu
Lola May
Jerome Ngonadi
Ensemble / US Nmeri Ora/Ikemba
Jerome Ngonadi
Ken Nwosu
Joseph Ogeleka
Ensemble / US Igwe/Dimgba
Joseph Ogeleka
Nasa Ohalete
Ensemble / US Udo/Oyiridiya
Nasa Ohalete
Offue Okegbe
Ensemble / US Eze/Onyinyechukwu/Chidi (Guitarist)
Offue Okegbe
Chloe Okora
Ensemble / US Nma/Lolo
Chloe Okora
Sule Rimi
Nne Chukwu
Natalie Simpson
Diana Yekinni
Diana Yekinni

Production team

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