Olivier Theatre, National
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Whenever the work of Anton Chekhov returns to the stage there is always a dedicated audience of theatregoers ready to witness the celebrated work. In 2016 they will have plenty to celebrate as the Young Chekhov Season finds its way to the Olivier National Theatre with productions of Ivanov, The Seagull and Platonov.
The Seagull is an ensemble piece will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention during the season. It centres on a group of people coming together to put on an open air play penned by the playwright Konstantin Trepley, from the writer Boris Trigorin to actress Irina Arkadina. Alongside the likes of former lieutenant Ilya Shamrayev they form the parts of a story that has been celebrated for more than a century and stands up alongside Chekhov’s best.
Whilst the first staging of The Seagull in 1896 was a famous failure, later performances would prove that this was a play with staying power.
The story has now been adapted by David Hare, doing what he already did for Ivanov and Platonov in 1997 and 2001 respectively and presenting The Seagull as part of the Young Chekhov Season, which already wowed audiences at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Hare’s career is the envy of any writer as he has been behind a wealth of celebrated work for the stage and screen. This ranges from the recent The Moderate Soprano and South Downs to classic work like The Judas Kiss, Skylight and Plenty, amongst others. He has earned Laurence Olivier Awards and has also been nominated for an Academy Award for his film work.
Now he presents his version of The Seagull at the Olivier National Theatre as part of the Young Chekhov Season. It opens on Saturday 23rd July 2016.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 6th October 2016|
|Booking Until:||Thursday, 6th October 2016|
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