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It is with great sadness that we have to announce that The Coronet Theatre will be closed until the Autumn season. The Coronet hopes to reschedule as much of this outstanding work as possible – more information to follow as soon as possible. Please see here for the most up to date information. Please consider making a donation or joining as a member to enjoy the theatre when we are open once more.



Brian Friel

John Haidar


Andrey and Sonya meet by chance in a Moscow café.

Their dreams have given way to a rather different reality.

When they look in the mirror they don’t recognise themselves.

Together they catch sight of a different future.

This masterful, intricate, funny and touching one-act play by Brian Friel (Translations, Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa) revisits two characters from Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya.

Mariah Gale plays Sonya alongside Rory Keenan as Andrey in a haunting new production for The Coronet Theatre directed by John Haidar.


  • Sonya
    Mariah Gale
  • Andrey
    Rory Keenan

Creative team

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

Additional Information

Ian Charleson Award winner Mariah Gale’s career on stage includes Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Miranda in The Tempest (RSC), Eden (Hampstead Theatre), Measure For Measure (The Globe), Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Southwark Playhouse) Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park) and Three Sisters (Young Vic). TV work includes January 22nd, Dr Who, Lucky Man, Broadchurch, The Hollow Crown, Death Comes to Pemberly. In film, Rare Beasts, Hercules, Abraham’s Point and Hamlet.


Irish actor Rory Keenan has worked extensively on stage and screen. His most recent of many stage appearances include Plenty (Chichester Festival Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End/ BAM New York), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and The Seagull (Dublin International Theatre Festival). On TV he has just completed The Duchess for Netflix, as well as Versailles, Come Home, Lucky Man, War and Peace, Peaky Blinders and Birdsong. Film work includes Boski Plan, Refriending, The Young Messiah, Grimsby, Second Coming, The Guard, Intermission and Ella Enchanted.


Director John Haidar’s credits include Othello (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Richard III (Headlong), Mercury Fur, Saved (Guildhall), Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios and Irish Repertory Theatre, New York), Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse), The Little Match Girl (Birmingham REP and UK Tour) and The New Electric Ballroom (RADA). As associate/assistant director, his credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre), The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre) and Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre).


Brian Friel is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, having written over 30 plays across six decades including Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer.  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 and has won multiple awards for his work including the Olivier Award, the Tony Award, the Evening Standard Theatre Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.


Produced by The Coronet Theatre

Photo- The Other Richard