The 10 Selected Productions

Drei Schwestern (Three Sisters)

By Simon Stone based on Anton Chekhov
German translation by Martin Thomas Pesl
Theater Basel

World premiere Theater Basel: 10 December 2016
Drei Schwestern

Drei Schwestern. Ensemble

© Sandra Then

  • 2h 35, one interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Opening party on 6 May with mr. Easy-Set, following the performance
Public discussion on 7 May, following the performance

SAT 6 May 2017, 20:15
3sat TV recording

FRI 12 May 2017, 18:00
Public Viewing, Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz

A glasshouse straight from the wish list of affluent children: This is where director Simon Stone sets Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”. A modern ambience, accessible from all sides, thanks to a revolving stage. Only for seconds, if that, does the façade block the audience’s view of arguments and sex and boozing sessions – because that’s what goes on in this most contemporary Chekhov adaptation the theatre has seen for a long time. Stone completely re-wrote the dialogue and fitted his characters with a modern-day skin, while retaining Chekhov’s story and conflict constellation, his tragicomedy, melancholy, longing and pain. The excellent Basel acting company enhances the triviality of events surrounding Irina’s birthday party by also acting out the phoniness of the daily soap set in the sisters’ holiday home. Triviality is a thin, transparent protective cover. Underneath, the characters wear nothing but naked despair. And the scars of their fruitless search for happiness.

Directed by Simon Stone
Stage Lizzie Clachan
Costumes Mel Page
Music Stefan Gregory
Lighting design Cornelius Hunziker
Dramaturgy Constanze Kargl

Olga Barbara Horvath
Masha Franziska Hackl
Irina Liliane Amuat
Andrey Nicola Mastroberardino
Natasha Cathrin Störmer
Theodor Michael Wächter
Alexander Elias Eilinghoff
Viktor Simon Zagermann
Nikolai Max Rothbart
Roman Roland Koch
Herbert Florian von Manteuffel