About the show
See Chekhov’s classic The Seagull in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens at Lyric Hammersmith.
When Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull premiered in St Petersburg in 1896, it was so badly received that the leading actress lost her voice. The playwright also fled from the audience. Times have certainly changed as this play is now popularly considered a masterpiece of drama.
Chekhov’s The Seagull is fundamentally about love and art. Blending together comedy, drama and even a note of tragedy, The Seagull examines the relationships between families and the passage of time. Against the backdrop of a county estate, the characters play out their complex variety of feuds, jealousies and passions.
From 3 October, see it in a vibrant new version by the highly rated modern playwright Simon Stephens. In 2016, the National Theatre staged Stephens’ adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera. His version of The Seagull starts its run on the same day as his other new play Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle also begins performances at Wyndham’s Theatre.
Screen and stage star Lesley Sharp takes the role of fading actress Irina Arkadina. Her previous stage credits include A Taste Of Honey at the National Theatre and Ghosts in the West End. She also appeared extensively in TV and film including Vera Drake, The Fully Monty and Scott And Bailey.
Other cast members include Brian Vernel as Konstantin and Adelayo Adedayo as Nina.
Sean Holmes, Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith, directs the production.
Suitable for ages 14 and over.
The Seagull runs from 3 October – 4 November 2017 at the Lyric Hammersmith.