By Anton Chekhov
In a new adaptation by Torben Betts
Only love brings happiness into this earth, the poetical love of youth, sweeping away the sorrows of the world.
As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a more entertaining drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.
Directed by Matthew Dunster and featuring double Olivier Award-winner Janie Dee, The Seagull was the first of Chekhov’s great works and is celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century.
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It looks EXQUISITE...there’s a punchy energy and strong through-line of thought, perfectly mirrored by Torben Bett’s earthy new adaptation.
THIS IS A HIGH-FLYING SEAGULL"
I've never heard laughter like it, indoors or out...ripples of amusement turning into cascades of merriment.
As the evening darkens...the soulful genius of Chekhov's drama takes glorious wing. BRAVO"
"This Seagull is BEAUTIFULLY SITUATED. A huge tilted mirror…lends the action a balletic, almost cinematic, grace.
Its essential emotional truthfulness rings out as loudly as its rueful laughter.
Janie Dee’s Arkadina is SPARKLING and absurd as she hilariously parades her charms"
Though the costume is nineteenth century, both the edgy delivery of dialogue and the movement instantly feels very twenty-first century"
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"JANIE DEE IS A DELIGHT"