Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov
English translation by Ronald Hingley

directed by Ron Stannard

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre

on

Wednesday 2nd June to Saturday 5th June 1971

The Cast
Andrew Prozorov David Pike
Natasha, his Fiancée, later his wife Frances Dudley
Olga Mollie Manns
Masha Meg Newin
Irina Sheana Carrington
Theodore Kulygin, a schoolmaster, Masha's husband David Bartlett
Alexander Vershinin, a Lieutenant-Colonel James Smith
Baron Nicholas Tuzenbakh, a Lieutenant Graham Buchanan
Captain Vasily Solyony Peter Neve
Ivan Chebutykin, an army doctor Kenneth Spencer
Aleksey Fedotik, a 2nd Lieutenant Ray Green
Vladimir Rodé, a 2nd Lieutenant Peter White
Ferapont, an old caretaker John Lelliott
Anfisa, an old nurse Serena Brown
A Maid Sandra White
An Orderly Dave Dudley

 

For the Maskers:  
Directed by Ron Stannard
Technical Director Ron Tillyer
Assistant to the Director Bennett
Stage Manager Terry Bennett
Assistant Stage Managers Dave Dudley, John Greenhouse, Keith Hooper. Tony Miles, Michael Shailer, Neil Pickering
Lighting Colin Jurd, Ivan White
Sound Rodney Stratford, Geoff Grandy
Production Assistants  Judy Rake, Caroline Reeves, Jenny Rodway, Miriam Rose
Wardrobe Mistress. Jenny Lunn
Publicity John Carrington

The Southampton Evening Echo wrote:

"Three Sisters" is one Chekhov's more frequently performed works, and it has an appeal that seems to belie the play's irresoluteness and lack of drive. It never seems to get anywhere and hangs on the mere thread of a plot. But that is in part what "Three Sisters" is about -- a tale of the waste of youthful talent and boredom in a boring social structure, of thwarted ambition in a small provincial Russian town.

So the apparent weakness becomes its strength, and is exploited with pathos in the Maskers' production at the Nuffield Theatre this week. The play moves quietly among the lives of the three sisters who seek but never find happiness in their seemingly futile lives; but also moves out among a host of characters who add to the production's effect.

Two who stood out especially, I thought were James Smith, as a Russian colonel and Frances Dudley as Natasha, wife of the sisters' brother. The three sisters are played by Mollie Manns, Meg Newin and Sheana Carrington. The show was a competent production by Ron Stannard.

 

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James Smith
Sheana Carrington
Meg Newin
Mollie Manns
Jim Smith, Meg Newan, Pete Neve
Meg Newin as Masha, Jim Smith as Colonel Vershinin
Sheena Carrington and Meg Newin
Meg Newin and Jim Smith
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