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Brian Friel

Directed by
John Haidar


When Andrey and Sonya were young, they were told how their lives should be – marriage, children and happily ever after. Decades later they meet by chance in a Moscow café. Their dreams have given way to a rather different reality.  When they look in a mirror, someone they don’t recognise looks back. In the course of their encounter, they catch sight of what might have been, and the possibility of a different future.

In this masterful one-act play, Brian Friel revisits characters from Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya and makes them his own; hauntingly evoking what might have happened if two of Anton Chekhov’s most iconic characters from two of his greatest plays had met.

A new production for The Coronet Theatre directed by John Haidar.

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General Information


Sat 07 March – Sat 04 April 7:30pm

Matinee Performance: Thu 02 April 2:30pm


School and Group bookings are available, please contact for more information


£20 previews (07-11 Mar)
£30, £25 standard
£15 under 30s (Mon only)
£15 schools
Concessions available Monday – Thursday

Running Time:

Approximately 1 hour

Creative team

  • Director
    John Haidar
  • Designer
    Lucy Osborne
  • Lighting Designer
    Malcolm Rippeth
  • Composer and Sound Designer
    Adam Cork
  • Casting Director
    Ginny Schiller CDG

Additional Information

About the Writer

Brian Friel is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, having written over 30 plays across six decades.  He was a member of Aosdana, the society of Irish artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Irish Academy of Letters, and the Royal Society of Literature where he was made a Companion of Literature. He was awarded the Ulysses Medal by University College, Dublin.


Plays include Hedda Gabler (after Ibsen), The Home Place, Performances, Three Plays After (Afterplay, The Bear, The Yalta Game), Uncle Vanya (after Chekhov), Give Me Your Answer Do!, Molly Sweeney (Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play), Wonderful Tennessee, A Month in the Country (after Turgenev), The London Vertigo (after Charles Macklin), Dancing at Lughnasa (Winner of 3 Tony Awards including Best Play, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Olivier Award for Best Play), Making History, The Communication Cord, American Welcome, Three Sisters (after Chekhov), Translations, Aristocrats (Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play), Faith Healer, Fathers and Sons, Living Quarters, Volunteers, The Freedom of the City, The Gentle Island, The Mundy Scheme, Crystal and Fox, Lovers: Winners and Losers, The Loves of Cass Maguire, Philadelphia Here I Come!

Produced by The Coronet Theatre

Photo: Motoi Matsukura (