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The Seagull archiveWritten in 1896 this is a comic play of aspiration and failure. On a summer's day in a makeshift theatre by a lake, a bold new play is to be performed. It is the work of a young, would-be playwright, Konstantin, who is searching for a new, more authentic dramatic form. The play stars his beautiful muse and neighbour, Nina. The assembled family audience includes his actress mother, Arkadina, who has just arrived from Moscow with the famous novelist, Trigorin. What happens during, and in the days immediately after, this play's first performance will change not just the course of the summer, but the lives of everyone involved, for ever after. This masterly meditation on love and art is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage.

Cast/Performers

Penelope Wilton (Arkadina), Nigel Terry (Medvedenko), Richard Johnson (Dorn), John Light (Konstantin), Richard Pasco (Sorin), Barry Stanton (Shamrayev), Justine Waddell (Nina)

Creatives/Company

Author: Anton Chekhov
Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
Adapted by: Peter Gill
Director: Adrian Noble
Design: Vicki Mortimer
Lighting: Paule Constable
Sound: Mic Poole
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The Seagull

The Seagull (Play) production archive for QTIX code T795251018. Details of all The Seagull archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4870

Archive Listings

18 Apr 00
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13 May 00
Barbican Centre
West End
Greater London
4 Apr 00
to
8 Apr 00
Theatre Royal
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
27 Mar 00
to
1 Apr 00
Sheffield Theatres
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
21 Mar 00
to
25 Mar 00
Theatre Royal
Bath
Bath & North East Somerset
13 Mar 00
to
18 Mar 00
Milton Keynes Theatre
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
7 Mar 00
to
11 Mar 00
New Victoria Theatre
Woking
Surrey
29 Feb 00
to
4 Mar 00
Theatre Royal
Norwich
Norfolk
26 Jan 00
to
24 Feb 00
Swan Theatre
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Warwickshire

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User Reviews

The Telegraph (11Jan01): Noble is keenly alert to the mixture of humour and piercing sadness in the script. Chekhov's portrayal of the cruel inequality of love, with a daisy-chain of unrequited lovers, is beautifully judged. Penelope Wilton, a great and undervalued actress, gives a merciless account of the ruthless selfishness of the actress Arkadina.
Evening Standard (11Jan01): I have rarely seen a production of The Seagull where Chekhov's designation of the play as "comedy" seemed more ironic or misplaced. Vicki Mortimer's inefficient, insufficient stage-set scarcely evokes the park-land estate, the lake-side where Konstantin stages his play, or croquet lawn. Noble's production instead concentrates its melancholy gaze upon Konstantin and Nina. Justine Waddell's riveting Nina is a gawky, awkward young thing, in the first flush of happiness.
The Times (11Jan01): [Richard Johnson] and a talented young actor, John Light, transformed a giggly audience into one that remained utterly rapt. Noble is able to fill any silences in Peter Gill s brisk new translation with emotional eloquence, and his cast are generous with telling detail.

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