Sean Mathias has added another project to his already very full dance card. The English director told Playbill On-Line Feb. 11 that he will direct a new London mounting of Chekhov's Three Sisters. The production would go up something in late 2002 or early 2003.
Mathias said he had recently made offers to three actresses to play the central siblings, practical Olga, passionate and bitter Masha and youthful , hopeful Irina. He would not say which performers were in contention, except to say that, if all worked out, the cast would feature two English actresses and one American.
Christopher Hampton has written a new translation of the Russian classic for the production.
The busy Mathias began rehearsals of the new Broadway revival of The Elephant Man Feb. 11. His cast is headed by Billy Crudup, Kate Burton and Rupert Graves. From there he goes immediately to Washington, D.C., to guide the Kennedy Center revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company. Finally, later this year, he and Ian McKellen will remount The Dance of Death in London. The Strindberg classic played on Broadway this past fall.
—By Robert Simonson