Chekhov classic is forever fresh

'Both amusing and moving': Chekhov's Three Sisters
'Both amusing and moving': Chekhov's Three Sisters

One of Chekhov’s greatest masterpieces comes to the Loft Theatre in Leamington this month.

Three Sisters tackles some of the fundamental issues of human existence in a way that is profound but with a lightness of touch.

The play, written more than 100 years ago, is set in pre-Revolutionary Russia and follows the life of a family ‘exiled’ in a provincial town and longing to return to Moscow.

Over a three-year period, it charts the evolving relationships between family members, other townsfolk and the military officers who are based in the town.

Loft spokeswoman Sue Gooch said: “It appears that nothing ever ‘happens’ and yet look below the surface and there is a whole subtext being played out on a very human scale. It has been said that no play has ever conveyed more subtly the transitory beauty and melancholy of the passing moment.

“The play is both amusing and moving and the characters, portraying a wide range of human emotions, leave a lasting impression.

“Whether you are familiar with the work of Chekhov or are experiencing his work for the first time, there is always something new to discover in this simple yet complex story.”

Returning to the Loft after an absence of almost 40 years this new version of the play brings together some of the theatre’s most talented actors with a new group of performers to create a fresh interpretation of the classic.

Three Sisters runs at The Loft Theatre in Victoria Colonnade, from Saturday October 24 to Saturday October 31, with a performance each evening at 7.30pm except Sunday and Monday. On Sunday October 25 there will be a performance at 5pm.

Tickets can be booked online at any time via www.loft-theatre.co.uk or by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. In addition, the Box Office will be open from 6.45pm to 8.30pm on Thursday October 22 and Friday October 23 and on each performance evening.

Under 25s and NUS card holders can purchase tickets for just £5 for the performances on the Sunday and Tuesday, subject to availability.

These tickets may be booked in advance and no longer need to be purchased in person from the Box Office on the evening of the performance.