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Three Sisters
by Anton Chekhov

Cast & Crew

Andrey Prozorov Matthew Fell
Natasha
Miranda Hicks
Irina
Helen Jenkinson
Masha
Liza Hassan
Olga
Emily Salter
Kulygin
David Chappell
Lieutenant-Colonel Vershinin
Rob Kendall
Lieutenant Baron von Tusenbach Chris Eves
Junior Captain Solyony
Jay Ayling
Dr Chebutykin Owen Warr
Second Lieutenant Fedotik Neil Brooke
Second Lieutenant Rode
Richard Mellor
Ferapont
John Marshall
Anfisa
Suzanne Richards
Maids Manjinder Kaur
Hannah Spencer
Wandering Musicians
Guy Fletcher, Lucienne Rauch, Josie Rickerd

Director Bob Godfrey
Stage Manager
Clare Brittain
Prompter
Tamsyn Payne
Stage Design
Sarah Rickerd
Costumes
Alison Dunmore, Pam Manning, Dorothy Grainger, Josephine Palmer, The Works
Soundtrack
Timm Halliday, Adam Jones
Lighting Design
Nehad Shakir
Lighting/Sound Operation
Robert and Jane Vaughan
Setting and Staging
Sarah Rickerd
Assisted by Derek Banyard, Bob Godfrey, Nehad Shakir and the company
Box Office
Mary Greaves
Publicity
Tony Janney
Programme
Rob Kendall
Front of House
Masque members

Emily Salter, Helen Jenkinson and Liza Hassan as the sisters

Production No. 329

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PROGRAMME NOTES
Bob Godfrey, director


Three Sisters was first performed in January 1901 at the recently founded Moscow Arts Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavsky.

As a play which ‘represents behaviour in meticulous detail’ it was well suited to the then new theatrical style of naturallsm.

Certainly Chekhov shows the interplay of subtly drawn characters caught in a tangled web of realistic circumstance. But it is also a play in which the dialogue appears ‘evocative and poetic’, playing variations upon that perennial human yearning for a place where the grass is always greener.

So this 19th century Russian drama is both a memory of another time, another place and a poignant reminder of the essential continuity of the human condition - a kind of two-way mirror.

27 - 31 May 2003 at 7.45pm
Northampton College Studio Theatre, Booth Lane, Northampton

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A scene from Three Sisters

LOVE UNMASKED IN MASTERPIECE
Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 22 May 2003


Chekhov's masterpiece Three Sisters is the spring offering from the Northampton-based Masque Theatre.

The play tells the story of Irina, Masha and Olga, who live on in their father’s house following his death, with their

brother Andrey.

The sisters, played by Helen Jenkinson, Lisa Hassan and Emily Salter, dream of going to Moscow but instead they are forced to stay and face disappointment in love and work while their brother’s bride takes over the house.

Masha, who is already married, falls passionately in love with Vershinin, with bitter consequences, while Baron Tusenbach courts Irina but is killed in a duel on the eve of their wedding.

Natasha, having married Andrey, defiantly carries on an affair with the local mayor and, by the end of the play, is instrumental in forcing the sisters out of their home.

The cast for the production also includes Miranda Hicks as Natasha and Matthew Fell as Andrey.

Jay Ayling is the sinister Lieutenant Solyony and Chris Eves and David Chappell are Baron Tusenbach and Teacher Kulygin.

Masque stalwarts Owen Warr and Rob Kendall take the central roles of Dr Chebutykin and Colonel Vershinin.

Three Sisters is being performed at Northampton College Studio at Northampton College Performing Arts Centre in St Gregory’s Road, Booth Lane, from Tuesday to Saturday May 27 to 31, at 7.45pm.

Tickets are £6 and £5 for concessions, and are available from the box office on Northampton 401193 or from the Tourist Information Centre in Guildhall Road or The Works in Adnitt Road.

The theatre company is also supporting Lowdown, the Northampton advice centre for young people.

Special charity tickets, which cost £10 including a programme and free glass of wine, are available by calling Northampton 634385 between 9.30am and 7.30pm.

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