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The Seagull

Closed November 4, 2017

Love and art come to blows in this exciting new production of the Chekov thriller

Why See The Seagull?

A dynamic new version of Chekov's masterpiece

Olivier-award winning playwright Simon Stephens has retooled Chekov's celebrated masterpiece in a dynamic production at the Lyric Hammersmith, premiering this October. Helmed by Sean Holmes, it stars Lesley Sharp (Scott and Bailey) as Irina Arkadina. The Seagull is celebrated throughout the theatre world as one of the most important plays of the 1800s. Following two successful productions on Broadway and an acclaimed run at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2015, this sparkling new version reimagines the epic work as never before.

A group of well-heeled guests gather at the country house of a retired civil servant, to see a new avant-garde play that his young nephew has written. With a heavy emphasis on symbolism, the play is a disaster and is abandoned after the first act. With emotions running high after the aborted performance, we discover a tangle of love triangles amongst the characters, self-doubt and a rampaging pursuit of happiness that threatens to overturn everybody's beliefs and sensibilities.

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Opening night: 3 October 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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Lesley Sharp as Irina Arkadina
Lloyd Cooney as Jason
Nicholas Gleaves as Boris Trigorin
Lloyd Hutchinson as Leo
Raphael Sowole as Simeon
Adelayo Adedayo as Nina
Michele Austin as Pauline
Paul Higgins as Hugo Dorn
Cherrelle Skeete as Marcia
Nicolas Tennant as Peter Sorin
Brian Vernel as Konstantin


Written by Anton Chekhov
New version by Simon Stephens
Translation by Helen Rappaport
Directed by Sean Holmes
Design by Hyemi Shin
Lighting by Anna Watson
Sound by Pete Malkin

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