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|Another Three Sisters Join Theatreland
- Chekhov revivals compete
THREE SISTERS opens at the National Theatre August 12. Katie Mitchell's production rivals Michael Blakemore's West End version, currently playing at the Playhouse theatre. Eve Best, Anna Maxwell Martin and Lucy Whybrow will compete with Blakemore's Kristin Scott-Thomas, Kate Burton and Madeleine Worrall as the provincial sisters whose dreams of life in Moscow turn to disillusionment.
Mitchell's actresses all appeared in another Russian saga earlier this year. Their performances in Tom Stoppard's trilogy, the Coast of Utopia, built on an array of other useful credits. Best performed in The Cherry Orchard at the National, as did Martin in a play called Honour, whilst Whybrow's National Theatre credits include Arcadia and An Enemy of The People.
Mitchell's credentials for the job of directing include a production of Chekhov's Ivanov at the National Theatre, one of many recent revivals of the Russian writer. Other recent productions of Three Sisters have been at the West End's Whitehall Theatre, Richmond's Orange Tree theatre and the Chichester Festival. Christopher Hampton's new translation for Blakemore also proves the play is still contemporary.