The SeagullPast Productions
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Southwark Playhouse, November 2012
A successful actress visits her brother’s isolated estate far from the city, throwing the frustrated residents unfulfilled ambitions into sharp relief. As her son attempts to impress with a self-penned play, putting much more than his pride at stake, others dream of fame, love and the ability to change their past.
Chekhov’s darkly comic masterpiece is ignited for the 21st century by one of the most exciting new voices in British Theatre, Anya Reiss, Winner of the Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards.
This production, as part of Southwark Playhouse’s final season beneath the arches of London Bridge Station, marks Russell Bolam’s second play in the Main House this year following the success of Philip Ridley’s Shivered. The cast includes Olivier-Award Winner Matthew Kelly as Dorn.
‘as emotionally honest and heartfelt a production as the author could have hoped for… a terrific cast. It’s another Southwark hit’
★★★★ The Times
‘in a year of remarkable Chekhov revivals, this Seagull flies with the best… the production is meticulous, but appears effortless’
★★★★ The Guardian
‘fresh, colloquial, sexy and downright perceptive.’
★★★★ The Telegraph
‘an unmissable occasion’
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ One Stop Arts
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ The Public
Director Russell Bolam
Designer Jean Chan
Lighting Designer Tim Mascall
Sound Designer George Dennis
Movement Director Joe Wild
Casting Directors Annie Rowe, Lucy Casson
Literal Translator Ilona Kohanchuk