The Seagull

Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, London

Public Previews: 19 June 2015
Opens: 24 June 2015
Closes: 11 July 2015

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Nearest Tube: Baker Street (allow 15 min walk)

Show times
Monday at 7.45pm
Tuesday at 7.45pm
Wednesday at 7.45pm
Thursday at 2.15pm and 7.45pm?
Friday at 7.45pm
Saturday at 2.15pm and 7.45pm?
Sunday no shows
Note: Sat 20 June at 7.45pm only

Runs ? hours and ? minutes

Seat prices
£? to £? (plus booking fees if applicable)

The Seagull

A major revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull in London in a new version by Torben Betts for a strictly limited season at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park.

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.

Anton Chekhov's masterpiece play entwines comic and tragic situations in the lives of a famous actress, her son and their lovers. As the young strive for fulfilment, their older counterparts look back to youthful dreams that remain unfulfilled. The first of Chekhov’s great works, this play is now celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century.

This production of The Seagull in London is presented in a new English version by Torben Betts and is directed by Matthew Dunster with designs by Jon Bausor. Jon Bausor's London design credits include Jeremy Dyson's and Andy Nyman's play Ghost Stories (Duke of York's Theatre 2010, returned Arts Theatre 2014), William Golding's Lord of the Flies (Open Air Theatre 2011, returning 2015) and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird (Open Air Theatre 2013, returned 2014, returns Barbican Theatre 2015).

The weather Every theatre performance is unique, but this is especially the case here at the Open Air Theatre where both stage and auditorium seating are uncovered. It is therefore best to come prepared for all types of weather. It is particularly important to bring a jumper for the end of evening performances. Bad weather may mean that performances have to be stopped and be re-started but, on average, 94% of performances are completed each season. In the event that the performance is abandoned due to bad weather, no refunds are given, but you can exchange your tickets for a future performance. Please speak to a member of staff on the evening.

The Seagull in London at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre public previews from 19 June 2015, opens on 24 June 2015 and closes on 11 July 2015


The Seagull - RSC 2007

Previewed 21 November 2007, 0pened 27 November 2007, Closed 12 January 2008 at the New London Theatre in London

The Royal Shakespeare Company present a strictly limited season of two plays, King Lear and The Seagull in London playing together in repertory.

The RSC's production of The Seagull in London is directed by Trevor Nunn and the cast features Frances Barber as 'Arkadina' along with Ian McKellen and William Gaunt who share the role of 'Sorin'. This production of Anton Chekhov's Seagull was originally staged at in Stratford-upon-Avon from April to June 2007.

"When I caught The Seagull in London, William Gaunt had replaced Ian McKellen in the role of Sorin, the landowner in whose lake-house the play is set, and was not bringing the same wryness to the old man's feeling that he has squandered his life. As a result, the play isn't so fully the 'comedy' that Chekhov claimed it was. But Frances Barber is still Sorin's sister, the actress Arkadina, and giving a deeper performance than at Stratford... There are strong supporting performances in Kyd's Trigorin, an introvert suddenly aware of how desperately driven he's become, and from Monica Dolan as Masha, who wears black 'because I'm in mourning for my life'. Like Barber's Arkadina, she's a poseur and not a poseur: a pale, ungainly girl besotted with Konstantin yet oddly proud of her status as a lovelorn alcoholic. You laugh, but you also feel the unhappiness." The Times

"The focus in Chekhov's bleak tale ought to be on the domineering mother Arkadina and her neurotic and misunderstood son Konstantin, but neither Frances Barber nor Richard Goulding, who take the roles in this production, are any match for a scene stealer of Ian McKellen's calibre who crops up as Sorin. His preposterously ostentatious turn - fussy, effete, seemingly always fiddling with something - throws the whole production off balance." The Sunday Telegraph

"Trevor Nunn has paired King Lear with Chekhov's The Seagull, possibly for their shared preoccupation with the idea that it's not fame or glory or status that matters, it's learning to endure. Chekhov's play also tells you all you have to know about the self-obsession, vanity, insecurity and jealousy of theatre people, particularly writers and actors. Again, McKellen is the best thing about it, and again, his hair, bubbly curls as wayward as a sheep's, has a character of its own. His Sorin, whose campness possibly explains his eternal bachelor state,is a delight. Once again, too, Nunn's direction seems to demonstrate his apparent motto of 'never knowingly understated' (to bend the John Lewis dictum)." The Mail on Sunday

The Seagull in London at the New London Theatre previewed from 21 November 2007, opened on 27 November 2007 and closed on 12 January 2008