Three Sisters

Three Sisters

3.8 (8) · Modern

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


Do you ever wonder what would happen if we could live our lives all over again but be fully conscious of it the second time?

I bet we’d try to do everything differently, or at least would know to create a different world for ourselves.

In a room in a house in a provincial town, three sisters wait for their lives to begin.
Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest.

The clock strikes. A candle is lit.
The clock stops. Something catches fire.
The clock strikes. They wake up.

Critic reviews

Patsy Ferran is in a class of her own in this fitfully successful revival

The Telegraph

In its drifting strangeness, it reminds us why Chekhov is — ironically — so timeless and why he might speak afresh to today’s millennials

Financial Times

Patsy Ferran’s Olga is one of the many admirable performances in a production by Rebecca Frecknall that fails to deliver a full Chekhovian experience

The Guardian

This is a play about three women, bored with their lot, who are desperate for fun, love, stimulation. And so, after three hours of this, are we

The Times

Rebecca Frecknall's occasionally frustrating staging of Chekhov contains moments of great poignancy and some dazzling acting

The Stage

Moments of brilliance but never sharply contemporary. It seems marooned somewhere between the 19th century and now


A slow-burning yet engrossing study of a young family's collapsing dreams


An over-ripe series of theatrical stylisations

London Theatre

There are many moments during this three-hour marathon when I longed for more focus and more concision

The Arts Desk

An absorbing start to Chekhov reinterpretation but feels overlong

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 6 Apr - Sat 1 Jun, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
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