The Sovremennik Theatre Season


Moscow’s award-winning, critically acclaimed company Sovremennik Theatre return to the West End for a triple bill of limited performances. Reviving some of their most celebrated productions, Artistic Director Galina Volchek presents Three Comrades, Two for the Seesaw and Three Sisters, all of which will be performed in Russian with English subtitles.

An internationally renowned company, the Sovremennik Theatre are known for staging intense psychological dramas and bold contemporary plays, as well as Russian classics. Bringing their acclaimed season to London, the productions will collectively feature a cast and crew of over 100 people. Previously seen at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2011, the company return to London for a limited run from May 3rd-13th 2017.

Three Comrades

Set in Germany 1928, Three Comrades is adapted for the stage from Erich Maria Remarque’s novel of the same name, taking place at the height of global depression. As three men struggle to earn a living as mechanics, friendship seems to be the only shelter from the chaos surrounding them. When the disillusioned Robert Lohkamp meets a mysterious young woman, his destructive view on life slowly begins to change.

From the author of the critically acclaimed All Quiet on the Western Front, this is a classic tale of endurance, as Three Comrades portrays the great kindness and potential of human spirit.

Two for the Seesaw

Taking place in New York, Two for the Seesaw is Sovremennik Theatre’s compelling Russian twist on William Gibson’s poignant American drama. When a brooding Nebraska lawyer relocates to New York to escape his marriage, he embarks on a torrid, passionate affair with an eccentric dancer he meets at a party.

As the affair becomes more heated, their relationship comes under peril as their previous partners linger in the background and their own temperaments become clear.

Three Sisters

The Sovremennik Theatre round off their season with a revival of their celebrated version of Anton Chekhov’s classic Three Sisters, which received a Drama Desk Award and has played to audiences across the world.

This mesmerising production follows the well-known story of sisters Irina, Masha and Olga as they yearn for a meaning to their provincial life. As various guests, family members and lovers visit their home, unchanging events occur that will shape each of their futures.

Cast and Creative

Erich Maria Remarque’s Three Comrades, William Gibson’s Two for the Seesaw and Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters are all directed by Galina Volchek, Artistic Director and founding member of the Sovremennik Theatre.

Two for the Seesaw is performed by acclaimed Russian actress and humanitarian Chulpan Kahmatova and Kirill Safanov.

Show Lengths and Times

The Sovremennik Theatre Season opens at the Piccadilly Theatre London on May 3rd for a strictly limited run until May 13th 2017. Performances are at 7:15pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Saturday at 2pm.

Three Comrades runs from 3rd–6th May 2017.

Two for the Seesaw runs from 8th–9th May 2017.

Three Sisters runs from 11th-13th May 2017.

Show running times are yet to be confirmed and will vary per production.

Suitable for Children?

The Sovremennik Theatre Season may not be suitable for young children.


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  1. Three Comrades, which I saw at the Matinee on Saturday, was one of the most powerful experiences I have had in the theatre.The physical production suggested a vast space, in fact, a world beyond the theatre itself, an imaginative world big enough to hold big, passionate and immaculately detailed performances in even the smallest roles. The Sovremmenuk Company is one of my favourite companies anyway and this production is one of their finest.

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