17 Feb 2020

Chekhov’s Three Sisters re-worked with black cast

When Anton Chekhov wrote his play Three Sisters it was set amid tensions in Russia in the early 1900s.

Now in a revolutionary move, the National Theatre in London is staging a production that puts the three sisters in 1960s Nigeria – with a civil war that led to the deaths of a million people raging.

The writer of this latest reworking says its an exploration of divisions within families and within countries which has echoes for today’s Britain.

I spoke to him and the actors who play the three sisters.