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The SeagullThe Seagull

by Anton Chekhov

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Seagull

by Chekhov

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 Company.

The action takes place on Sorin's estate.

Two years elapse between Act 3 and Act 4.

Medvedenko Mark Hadfield Mark Hadfield, The Seagull, 2000
Dorn Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a founder member and Associate Artist of the RSC whose numerous film and television roles include Turtle Diary, The Camomile Lawn, Breaking the Code and Linda LaPlante's Supply and Damand. On stage he originated the role of Grandier in The Devils and appeared on Broadway in The Complaisant Lover by Graham Green.

Richard Johnson, The Seagull, 2000
Konstantin John Light John Light, The Seagull, 2000
Sorin Richard Pasco

Richard Pascoe has worked extensively for the RSC and Royal National Theatre for whom he starred in An Inspector Calls, Racing Demon and Sweet Bird of Youth. His many film roles include Mrs. Brown, Rasputin and Room at the Top. He has also recorded Shakespeare's complete sonnets with Sir John Gielgud. Richard Pascoe is an Honorary Associate of the RSC.

Richard Pasco, The Seagull, 2000
Shamrayev Barry Stanton Barry Stanton, The Seagull, 2000
Nina Justine Waddell

has just appeared in the major new BBC drama, Wives and Daughters.

Justine Waddell, The Seagull, 2000
Arkadina Penelope Wilton

also starred in Adrian Noble's The Cherry Orchard

Penelope Wilton, The Seagull, 2000
Director Adrian Noble
Designer Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Sound Mic Poole
Music Mia Soteriou
Assistant Director William Glynne
Company voice work Andrew Wade/Charmian Hoare
Production manager Jasper Gilbert/Roy Hansen
Stage Manager Suzi Blakey
Deputy Stage Manager Lynda Snowden
Assistant Stage Manager Chris Lake

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