Rebecca Frecknall’s rich production of Three Sisters takes place in a bubble of unreality, both alluring and doomed to burst.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Three Sisters.
The achievement of Rebecca Frecknall’s new production, as with her recent mega success with Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke is to speak to modern sensitivities with a clarity of vision that struck this viewer anyway as turning Three Sisters into a young person’s rite of passage.
Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke is too middle of the road
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After the interval, The Three Sisters, mercifully, in mood and pace, could be a different play. I left happy enough. But goodness, the first scenes badly need more vigour. And a trim.
It is a vibrant and meaningful interpretation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters that reaps rewards. Keep on an eye on this new theatre partnership, it could be around for many years to come.
Following Rebecca Frecknall and Patsy Ferran’s Critics’ Circle Award-winning collaboration on Summer & Smoke at the Almeida Theatre, the director and actress will join forces on Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn (8 April to 1 June 2019, press night is 16 April), for which full casting is announced today.
Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Summer & Smoke with its chorus of pianos fits as snugly into the Duke of York’s as it must have done at the Almeida.
Summer and Smoke had a successful run at the Almeida theatre earlier in the year. The reviews at the time were ecstatic but tickets were impossible to get, so it was great news to hear that it had been given a West End transfer.
Summer & Smoke, the latest Almeida Theatre West End transfer, is the first thing I’ve experienced in a while where the theatre audience is really, properly engaged in a play. It’s like you could literally hear a pin drop.
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Artistic director Rupert Goold has announced the Almeida Theatre’s new season.
Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Tennessee Williams’ rarely staged classic Summer and Smoke will have a limited West End run from 10 November 2018 to 19 January 2019 at the Duke Of York’s Theatre, with press night on 20 November.
Summer & Smoke is a production where the rich talents of all its creatives have come together to take something old and transform it into something fresh, revolutionary and utterly new without once betraying the essence of and truth in Williams’s script.
Summer & Smoke sizzles with repression. Lyrical, scintillating and stormy, it’s a show not to miss.
The business of Summer & Smoke at the Almeida Theatre is handled with such subtly that it allows the deep emotional connection at the heart of the story to flourish. With a magnetic central pairing, Rebecca Frecknall’s production is unmissably beautiful, and the Almeida at its finest.
Nothing is wasted, no irony or brief sad laugh unmarked in Summer & Smoke at the Almeida. At times the self-conscious staging irritated me, a little, but the beauty shone through, and honour to Rebecca Frecknall for championing this gorgeous, gentle play.
Sheffield Theatres’ new season includes Standing at the Sky’s Edge by Michael Wynne, with music and lyrics by Richard Hawley; A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Robert Hastie with music by Dan Gillespie Sells; and this year’s Christmas musical Kiss Me, Kate.
In addition to the West End transfer of James Graham’s Ink, the Almeida Theatre has today announced its new season, including the stage premiere of The Twilight Zone and Mike Bartlett’s new play Albion.