Why See The Seagull?
Emilia Clarke's West End debut
Yet another star swaps Westeros for the West End as Emilia Clarke makes her debut in this brand new production of Chekhov's 1895 masterwork. Adapted by Anya Reiss and directed by Jamie Lloyd as part of his year-long residency at the Playhouse Theatre, we'll see The Seagull updated to the modern-day, where its themes of hidden desire, long-held secrets, and dreams quashed are just as relevant today as they ever have been.
Best known for her iconic turn as troubled Queen Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's worldwide mega-hit Game of Thrones, Clark will play Nina, a young woman with dreams of becoming an actress, whose world is turned upside down following a visit to a neighbouring country house.
Richly drawn and regarded as a masterpiece of subtext, The Seagull will be Jamie Lloyd's second production at the Playhouse, following his highly acclaimed reimagining of Cyrano De Bergerac with James McAvoy and reunites him with frequent collaborator, designer Sumatra Gilmour.
What is the story of The Seagull?
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. A bit of a hack job with an 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.
Opening night: 11 March 2020
Cast and Creative
Emilia Clarke as Nina
Written by Anton Chekov
Adapted by Anya Reiss
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Design by Sumatra Gilmour
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