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DIANE SAMUELS was born in Liverpool and lives in Hampstead. Staged in the West End with Diana Quick in 1996, her play, Kindertransport, was revived by Shared Experience in 2007.

TRACY-ANN OBERMAN studied Drama at Manchester University, spent four years at the RSC and was Chrissie Watts in EastEnders. She has written comedy sketches for the BBC and a column for the Guardian.

Three Sisters on Hope Street
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Three Sisters on Hope Street

After Chekhov

Diane Samuel and Tracy-Ann Oberman
 
It doesn’t work, you know, pretending that nothing very serious is happening. Because it is happening. And it is serious.

Fascinating re-invention of Chekhov set amongst the Jewish community in war-torn Liverpool   

Liverpool, 1946. A year after the sudden death of their father, three sisters, Gertie, May and Rita Lasky, share their once-grand home on Hope Street with their asthmatic brother Arnold, their Auntie Bell (who still keeps her packed suitcase under the bed) and old family friend Dr Weinberg (who swears, hand on heart, that he’s on the wagon).

As the sisters welcome in GIs and pilots from the nearby American base, each continues her own search for meaning amidst the shattered remains of their blitzed city.
   
Combining warmth, poignancy and Jewish-inflected humour, this inventive re-imagining of Chekhov’s famous play is the product of the talents of Diane Samuels (Kindertransport) and well-known TV actress Tracy-Ann Oberman (EastEnders).

Premiering first in Liverpool to kick off the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, then at Hampstead Theatre, London, 3 Sisters on Hope Street stays astonishingly close to Chekhov’s original while setting it in a fascinatingly new and resonant context.

Cast : 6M, 5F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-576-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB