Three Sisters

Three Sisters

4.1 (13) · Classic Drama

Love and longing in 1960s Nigeria. A co-production with Fuel.

“Director Nadia Fall has brought new life to this classic Chekhov play by setting it in 1960s Nigeria. The script is a new version adapted by Inua Ellams – who wrote the brilliantly funny and touching Barbershop Chronicles - so it's no surprise this has been a huge hit so far.”


Chekhov’s iconic characters are relocated to Nigeria in this bold new adaptation.

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.

Critic reviews

The Chekhov classic is transposed to the Biafran civil war in a fresh but sometimes overburdened new take from Inua Ellams

Time Out

A smart and sophisticated rethinking, a production that gives a new patina and different depths to an old favourite


Chekhov finds compelling home in Nigeria

Evening Standard

A fascinating take on one of Chekhov’s finest plays

The Upcoming

Buoyed by first-rate performances, this production transforms the Russian classic into an eye-opening account of the Biafran war

The Guardian

Longing for Lagos permeates Inua Ellams’ stirring adaptation of Chekhov’s play

The Stage

What often comes across in Chekov as sheer petty snobbishness is here far more charged and complex

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Uneven and overlong production that struggles to find the right tone

The Times

Proof that Inua Ellams is one of our most exciting playwrights

The Telegraph

Relocation from the Russian provinces to Sixties Biafra brings insight and immediacy

The Arts Desk

It is an intelligent reworking of the original Russian play but it stands on its own as a story that should not be forgotten

London Box Office

An intensely gripping production that refreshes Chekhov in an unexpectedly effective manner

Broadway World

Vibrancy is in the air – but not always on the stage

The Observer

Sarah Niles, Natalie Simpson and Racheal Ofori are excellent

The Sunday Times

Three Sisters lingers for a while in the body afterwards – a soft, yearning ache, embedded somewhere in the bones


A compelling, nuanced piece of ensemble theatre at its finest


Date & time

Show ended
Mon 2 Dec - Wed 19 Feb, 7.30pm
Runtime: 3 hrs 15 mins


South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions

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