The Seagull (2010)
Directed by Dave Hollander
Konstantin, a young playwright, has aspirations to create an exciting new type of drama, yet his efforts are constantly mocked by his overbearing mother (Mme Arkadina), a grande dame of the theatre. He mounts a disastrous production of his play, starring Nina, whose "talents" are immediately spotted by Arkadina - clearly she believes the young ingénue has star potential. Trigorin, an experienced older writer and friend of the family, offers advice, but this doesn't do much to quell Konstantin's frustration: his fate as the archetypal tortured writer seems sealed.
The Seagull is the first of Chekhov's major plays - and his first success with the Moscow Art Theatre under Stanislavsky's direction. Despite the Russian dramatist's reputation for heavy-going drama, the play sparkles with satirical humour as it asks questions about the nature of theatre and family ties.
- Irina Arkadina - Louisa Evans
- Konstantin Treplev - Luke Murphy
- Pyotr Sorin - Peter Medd
- Nina - Rebecca Wilk
- Shamrayev - John Lyne
- Polina Andreyevna - Carole Coyne
- Masha - Megan Collins
- Trigorin - Sam Trueman
- Dorn - Christopher Poke
- Medvedenko - Adam Crook
- Yakov - Sean Hyland
- Stage Manager - Sean Hyland
- Lighting Design - Peter Stevens
- Lighting/Sound Operator - Ross Adamson
- Costumes - Lisa Thomas
- Set construction - Sean Hyland, Dave Hollander and the cast and crew
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