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The Seagull


  • Playwright

    Thomas Kilroy 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Anton Chekhov

  • Author Notes

    A version of the original play by Anton Chekhov.
  • Setting

    Sorin's country estate.

  • Synopsis

    An adaptation of Chekhov’s first great comedy, which tells the story of Arkadina (a fading actress) 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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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    08 April 1981

  • Producer

    Produced by The Royal Court Theatre

  • Original Venue

    The Royal Court Theatre

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The Irish premiere of The Seagull was produced by the Irish Theatre Company at Siamsa Tíre Theatre, Tralee on 30th September 1981.

Original Cast  
Dr. Hickey T.P. McKenna
Isobel Desmond Anva Massey
Lily Harriet Walter
Peter Stuart Burge
Constantine Anton Lesser
James Tony Rohr
Mary Veronica Duffy
Cousin Gregory Alan Devlin
Pauline Maggie McCarthy
Mr. Aston Alan Rickman
Production Team  
Director Max Stafford Clark
Designer Gemma Jackson

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd

  • Address

    Paddock Suite, The Courtyard
    55 Charterhouse Street
    London EC1M 6HA

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7253 6226

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme