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The Seagull


  • Playwright

    Michael West 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Anton Chekhov

  • Author Notes

    A translation of the original play by Anton Chekhov
  • Setting

    Sorin's country estate, one long hot summer and two years later.

  • Synopsis

    An adaptation of Chekhov’s first great comedy, which tells the story of fading actress Arkadina, and her passionate, lonely son, Konstantin. One day in a fit of misery he shoots a seagull. Trigorin, the writer, threatens to write a story about it. Nina, the local beauty and object of their affections, becomes 'the seagull' with calamitous consequences, as the play moves in a frenetic spiral of farce, tragedy and love.

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    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    22 June 1999

  • Producer

    Produced by The Corn Exchange

  • Original Venue

    Project Arts Centre

  • Venue Notes

    When this play was produced Project had temporarily relocated to Project @ the Mint.

Original Cast  
Shamrayev Eugene O'Brien
Konstantin David Pearse
Yakov Matthew Legault
Polina Kate Perry
Nina Fiona Glascott
Sorin Steve Blount
Arkadina Clara Simpson
Masha Sonya Kelly
Trigorin Robert Price
Dr Yevgeny Dorn Andrew Bennett
Medvedenko Mark O'Halloran
Yakov Paul McGlinchey
Production Team  
Director Annie Ryan
Set Designer Amanda Hogan
Lighting Designer Morleigh Steinberg
Producer Kerry West
Costume Designer Nicola McCutcheon
Composer Vincent Doherty
Stage Manager Tara Furlong
Graphic Design djeribi + lucey
Photography Paul McCarthy (2)

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Tracy Elliston, Judy Daish Associates Ltd

  • Address

    2 St Charles Place
    London W10 6EG

  • Phone

    + 44 20 8964 8811

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.