Cast Announced for Contemporary Reworking of Chekhov's Three Sisters at London's Southwark Playhouse

News   Cast Announced for Contemporary Reworking of Chekhov's Three Sisters at London's Southwark Playhouse
Holliday Grainger, Olivia Hallinan, Emily Taaffe and Paul McGann will head the cast for Anya Reiss's contemporary reworking of Chekhov's Three Sisters, which will begin performances at London's Southwark Playhouse April 3, prior to an official opening April 8, for a run through May 3.

The production will be co-produced by Jagged Fence Productions and Danielle Tarento, and directed by Russell Bolam.

Also in the cast are David Carlyle (Tusenbach), Michael Garner (Chebutykin), Dudley Rogers (Ferapont); Tom Ross-Williams (Kulygin), Joe Sims (Solyony), Jane Thorne (Anfisa) and Thom Tuck (Andrey).

Grainger, who will play Irina, starred as Bonnie in the just-aired TV mini series "Bonnie & Clyde" and played the Pope's wayward daughter Lucrezia Borgia in three series of "The Borgias" on Sky Atlantic. She was Estella in the film "Great Expectations" and last appeared on stage in London at the Donmar Warehouse in Douglas Hodge’s production of Athol Fugard's Dimetos.

Hallinan, who plays Olga, is best known as Laura Timmins in all four series of the BBC TV series "Lark Rise to Candleford" and also as Kim in Julie Birchill’s "Sugar Rush" on Channel 4. Stage credits include Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) and Herding Cats (Hampstead Theatre).

Taaffe, who plays Masha, was Miranda in The Tempest, Viola in Twelfth Night and Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, all for the RSC, and The Cherry Orchard, The King James Bible and The Veil, all at the National Theatre. McGann, who plays Vershinin, has appeared on screen in "Withnail & I" and in films for Steven Spielberg and David Fincher. He was the eighth reincarnation of "Dr. Who" in the 1996 spin-off US TV movie. Last November he once again played the Doctor in the specially created mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor." In recent years he has been seen on TV in "Luther," "A Mother’s Son," "Ripper Street" and "The Bletchley Circle." He was most recently seen in the West End in Butley at the Duchess Theatre, opposite Dominic West.

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