Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:15 PM

  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:15 PM
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022, 7:15 PM
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 7:15 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 7:15 PM

24.05.2022 – the play will be performed with English surtitles. The text of the improvisation can be found find in the foyer (before the play).

Traveling to Moscow is not an issue anymore since you can fly to the Russian capital for 99 euros. Today the daughters of General Prozorov, the title characters of Chekhov’s drama, no longer miss big city. It is the time of their youth that they are longing for. Low cost airlines do not run in this direction. You can only get there on board of your own uncertain memory.

In the vision of Luk Perceval, “The Three Sisters” is a portrait of an aging Europe that does not want to give in to the passage of time. The routine of the title heroines’ daily existence is interrupted by an attempt to recall events from the past. In a metaphorical nursing home, aging Europe confronts with the new energy of immigrants. What results from this meeting? What are the political and social consequences of the aging of entire societies? How do we deal with old age, memory loss? In what way do we construct and idealise the past?

The theme of the passing of life, characteristic of Chekhov’s dramaturgy, has never been as current as it is today, when the old world order collapses and the new one has not yet developed. The pandemic has added another aspect to problem of aging: the isolation of older people. The Prozorow sisters are shipwrecked prisoners on the island of memory. They live in the past, unable to confront the present. What are they afraid of and what do they miss? What are we afraid of and longing for?

The performance for adults.


  • Jacek Beler
  • Zygmunt Józefczak
  • Natalia Kalita
  • Rafał Maćkowiak
  • Maria Maj
  • Jacek Romanowski
  • Małgorzata Zawadzka
  • Mirosław Zbrojewicz
  • Oksana Czerkaszyna, Marta Ojrzyńska *


  • Luk Perceval Director
  • Philip Bussmann Set design, video projections
  • Annelies Vanlaere Costumes
  • Mark Van Denesse Lighting
  • Karol Nepelski Music
  • Karolina Bikont Script translation
  • Roman Pawłowski Dramaturgical cooperation
  • Alek Niemiro, Aleksandra Śliwińska Director assistants
  • Jacek Telenga Literary asistant
  • Karolina Pająk-Sieczkowska Production manager

Stary National Theatre

ul. Jagiellońska 1

Stary National Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Poland. Its contemporary repertoire consists of both contemporary works and reinterpretations of classics.

The theatre, which found its home in a historical building on a corner of Szczepański Square, is one of Poland’s national stages, directly managed by the Minister of Culture. In the 19th century, its stage was graced by the theatre’s current patron, a consummate actress, Helena Modrzejewska, known to the English-speaking world as Modjeska. A great many eminent artists trod the legendary boards of the Stary after the war, notably Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Zygmunt Hübner, and Krystian Lupa. The stagings of Adam Mickiewicz’s The Forefathers’ Eve directed by Konrad Swinarski and of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed directed by Andrzej Wajda made history. The contemporary repertoire of the theatre consists both of current works and reinterpretations of classics.

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