The Seagull

19 June 2015 - 11 July 2015

Evening Standard

"I ADORED IT and thought it exactly what the currently crest-of-a-wave Open Air Theatre should be putting on: a lively new version of a classic.
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"

Daily Telegraph

"TERRIFIC Matthew Dunster's superbly acted revival achieves the near impossible: it jolts its audience awake with its dream-like action.
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"

The Times

"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"

Sunday Times

"Some productions are setbound - this is an instance of one FREED AND SET SOARING by its location and design...the atmosphere of this Seagull alters and intensifies with the setting sun"

Time Out

"A FRESH, FREE-FLYING NEW ADAPTATION
Though the costume is nineteenth century, both the edgy delivery of dialogue and the movement instantly feels very twenty-first century"

Mail on Sunday

"Torben Betts’s salty, peppery, idiomatic new adaptation intriguingly sharpens and expands the play’s references to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and ups the comedy as well as the tragedy"
"JANIE DEE IS A DELIGHT"

Creative team

The cast

View videos