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Three Sisters

A co-production with Fuel

a new play by Inua Ellams
after Chekhov

From 3 December
Running Time: tbc

Three Sisters

Love and longing in 1960s Nigeria.

Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos.

‘Warmth, wisdom and global reach.’
Daily Telegraph on Barber Shop Chronicles

‘Vital theatre. Funny, moving, unflinching.’
Sunday Times on The Half God of Rainfall

Following his smash-hit Barber Shop ChroniclesInua Ellams returns to the National Theatre with this heartbreaking retelling, directed by Nadia Fall (Home, Dara).


Hundreds of £15 tickets for every performance


Originally commissioned by Metta Theatre

Production supported by Leila Maw Straus, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, Juliet de Baubigny and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

Talks and events
Surviving Biafra: A Nigerwife’s Story
 Tue 7 Jan, 6pm
Three Sisters Student Conference Fri 31 Jan, 10.30am
Exploring Three Sisters and Chekhov Fri 7 Feb, 2pm
Writer Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall Fri 7 Feb, 6pm
Actors in Conversation Fri 14 Feb, 3pm


Three Sisters: Photo Shoot Behind the Scenes

Capturing the artwork for Three Sisters with photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo and actors Sarah Niles, Natalie Simpson and Rachael Ofori.

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Three Sisters ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£70, £50, £42, £38, £30, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£75, £55, £48, £42, £32, £15
Ways to save
Previews 3 - 9 Dec

£37 – £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 31 January, 7.30pm 
Sat 1 February, 2.15pm with a Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Fri 3 January, 7.30pm
Tue 28 January, 7.30pm
Wed 29 January, 2.15pm 


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre


Production team

Photography (Sarah Niles, Natalie Simpson and Racheal Ofori) by Lakin Ogunbanwo

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