Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
by Anton Chekhov
Cast & Crew
Andrey Prozorov Matthew Fell
Natasha Miranda Hicks
Irina Helen Jenkinson
Masha Liza Hassan
Olga Emily Salter
Kulygin David Chappell
Lieutenant-Colonel Vershinin Rob Kendall
Lieutenant Baron von Tusenbach Chris Eves
Junior Captain Solyony Jay Ayling
Dr Chebutykin Owen Warr
Second Lieutenant Fedotik Neil Brooke
Second Lieutenant Rode Richard Mellor
Ferapont John Marshall
Anfisa Suzanne Richards
Maids Manjinder Kaur Hannah Spencer
Wandering Musicians Guy Fletcher, Lucienne Rauch, Josie Rickerd
Director Bob Godfrey
Stage Manager Clare Brittain
Prompter Tamsyn Payne
Stage Design Sarah Rickerd
Costumes Alison Dunmore, Pam Manning, Dorothy Grainger, Josephine Palmer, The Works
Soundtrack Timm Halliday, Adam Jones
Lighting Design Nehad Shakir
Lighting/Sound Operation Robert and Jane Vaughan
Setting and Staging Sarah Rickerd
Assisted by Derek Banyard, Bob Godfrey, Nehad Shakir and the company
Box Office Mary Greaves
Publicity Tony Janney
Programme Rob Kendall
Front of House Masque members
Emily Salter, Helen Jenkinson and Liza Hassan as the sisters
Production No. 329
Bob Godfrey, director
Three Sisters was ﬁrst performed in January 1901 at the recently founded Moscow Arts Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavsky.
As a play which ‘represents behaviour in meticulous detail’ it was well suited to the then new theatrical style of naturallsm.
Certainly Chekhov shows the interplay of subtly drawn characters caught in a tangled web of realistic circumstance. But it is also a play in which the dialogue appears ‘evocative and poetic’, playing variations upon that perennial human yearning for a place where the grass is always greener.
So this 19th century Russian drama is both a memory of another time, another place and a poignant reminder of the essential continuity of the human condition - a kind of two-way mirror.
27 - 31 May 2003 at 7.45pm
Northampton College Studio Theatre, Booth Lane, Northampton
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LOVE UNMASKED IN MASTERPIECE
Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 22 May 2003
Chekhov's masterpiece Three Sisters is the spring offering from the Northampton-based Masque Theatre.
The play tells the story of Irina, Masha and Olga, who live on in their father’s house following his death, with their
The sisters, played by Helen Jenkinson, Lisa Hassan and Emily Salter, dream of going to Moscow but instead they are forced to stay and face disappointment in love and work while their brother’s bride takes over the house.
Masha, who is already married, falls passionately in love with Vershinin, with bitter consequences, while Baron Tusenbach courts Irina but is killed in a duel on the eve of their wedding.
Natasha, having married Andrey, deﬁantly carries on an affair with the local mayor and, by the end of the play, is instrumental in forcing the sisters out of their home.
The cast for the production also includes Miranda Hicks as Natasha and Matthew Fell as Andrey.
Jay Ayling is the sinister Lieutenant Solyony and Chris Eves and David Chappell are Baron Tusenbach and Teacher Kulygin.
Masque stalwarts Owen Warr and Rob Kendall take the central roles of Dr Chebutykin and Colonel Vershinin.
Three Sisters is being performed at Northampton College Studio at Northampton College Performing Arts Centre in St Gregory’s Road, Booth Lane, from Tuesday to Saturday May 27 to 31, at 7.45pm.
Tickets are £6 and £5 for concessions, and are available from the box office on Northampton 401193 or from the Tourist Information Centre in Guildhall Road or The Works in Adnitt Road.
The theatre company is also supporting Lowdown, the Northampton advice centre for young people.
Special charity tickets, which cost £10 including a programme and free glass of wine, are available by calling Northampton 634385 between 9.30am and 7.30pm.