Star-Studded Three Sisters to Be Filmed for TV Broadcast

News   Star-Studded Three Sisters to Be Filmed for TV Broadcast
BBC4 will film for TV broadcast the new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters currently playing London’s Playhouse Theatre.

Kristin Scott Thomas is Masha, Kate Burton — making her West End debut — plays Olga, and Madeleine Worrall is Irina in the Michael Blakemore directed production, which officially opened April 3. The filming of Three Sisters continues a BBC trend to bring theatre to the small screen.

Variety reports that the network will also film Anthony Sher in Home — an adaptation of James Graham Bellard’s “The Enormous Space — for broadcast. The channel recently aired Eddie Izzard in A Day in the Life of Joe Egg (now playing Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre) and Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan in On an Average Day.

Three Sisters’ limited engagement runs through June 29. Others in the cast include David Antrobus as Rode, Sebastian Bates as Fedotik, Robert Bathurst as Vershinin, Tom Beard as Solyony, David Burke as Chebutykin, James Fleet as Kulygin, Douglas Hodge as Andrei, Margery Mason as Anfisa, Tobias Menzies as Tusenbach, Eric Sykes as Ferapont and Susannah Wise as Natasha.

Produced by Howard Panter (for the Ambassador Theatre Group), Elizabeth I. McCann and Matthew Mitchell, the creative team for Three Sisters includes Robin Don (set design), John Bright (costume design), Mark Henderson (lighting design) and Paul Arditti (sound design) with music by Richard Storry.

Best known for her work in such films as "Gosford Park," "The Horse Whisperer," "The English Patient" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral," Kristin Scott Thomas has also appeared in numerous stage productions in France, including the recent, Lambert Wilson-directed production of Racine's Bérénice. Kate Burton received two Tony Award nominations last season for her work in the revivals of Hedda Gabler and The Elephant Man. Her screen credits include "Celebrity," "Ice Storm," "First Wives Club" and "August." Madeleine Worrall's theatre credits are numerous, and her television work includes "Foyle's War" and "Judge John Deed." Three Sisters plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 4 PM. Tickets, ranging from £17.50 to £40, are available by calling the Playhouse Theatre's box office at 020 7369 1785.

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