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by Anton Chekhov
Royal Shakespeare Company
Swan Theatre, 30 January 2000
"One must show life not as it is, nor as it should be, but as it
appears in our dreams"
Written in 1896, Chekhov's play of life and art astonished the old century
as it heralded the birth of modern drama in the new. As then, so now: The
Seagull bursts into the twenty-first century with the burdens of the
past bearing witness to the freedoms of the future.
In a new translation by Peter Gill commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare
The action takes place on Sorin's estate.
Two years elapse between Act 3 and Act 4.