Year: 1978

Title of the play: Three Sisters

Author: Anton Chekhov Trans. Richard Cottrell

Director: Trevor Nunn

Others in the Cast: Ian McKellen, Suzanne Bertish, Janet Dale, Patrick Godfrey, Cathryn Harrison, Rose Hill, Roderick Horn, Griffith Jones, Teddy Kempner, Bob Peck, Clyde Politt, Roger Rees, Emily Richard, Timothy Spall, Richard Springate, Susan Tracy. Full cast here

Company/Event: Royal Shakespeare Company, Small-Scale UK Tour

Theatre and location: The Arts Centre, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham. Full list of theatres 

Other productions of the same play: 1979 - The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. 1980: Gulbenkian Studio, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Plot summary: Moscow-bred sisters Olga, Masha and Irina find life drab in a Russian provincial town. Only the proximity of a nearby artillery post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable. Olga is a teacher who is sustained solely by the hope of selling the house and returning to Moscow. Masha is married to Kuligan. Irina dreams of finding love in Moscow. Andrey, their brother, is in love with Natasha. Their friends and acquaintances include Chebutikin, an army doctor, Baron Tuzenbach, in love with Irina; Captain Soleni, and a newcomer, Vershinin,  commander of the post. Vershinin and Masha are drawn into an affair. Andrey marries Natasha, who reveals her domineering nature, and the family starts to unravel.

Peth’s role: Vershinin

Reviews: Masha (Suzanne Bertish) is the femme fatale of the trio. The unpredictable Masha is pursued by the new battery commander Verishinin (Edward Petherbridge), a military man possessed of such intellectual sensibility it is difficult to imagine him having the boldness to order the firing of a cannon. - Noel Taylor, Ottawa Citizen - Jan 14, 1987

Production details:

1978 Small Scale UK tour

1979 -  The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon.

1980, Gulbenkian Studio, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1980  -  Warehouse, London.

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