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The Seagull

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By Anton Chekhov. In a new version by John Donnelly. Directed by Blanche McIntyre.

A co-production between Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton. In association with Derby Theatre.

A play about unrequited love - a story about how we create stories - and one of the greatest plays of the modern era. In The Seagull, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. John Donnelly's new version brings to startling life the rawness, beauty and humour of Chekhov's first major play.

John Donnelly is a past winner of both the PMA Award for Best New Writer and the NSDF Sunday Times Playwriting Award. His plays include Bone (Royal Court), The Knowledge (Bush Theatre), Encourage the Others (Almeida Projects) and Little Russians (Tricylce Theatre). John is currently a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama and is working on a new commission for the Royal Court.

Blanche McIntyre, 'a rising star' (Evening Standard), is widely recognised as one of the most exciting young directors at work in British theatre today. Winner of the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Director in 2012, she was previously Associate Director at Out of Joint and Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio.

Age guideline 14+, some strong language.

  • A beautiful young girl lives by a lake all her life, like you. She loves this lake. She's happy and free, like that bird was once.
  • Then a man comes along and for no reason at all...what do you think he does?
  • ★★★★★ an extraordinary take on Chekhov’s play Telegraph
  • ★★★★ John Donnelly’s crisp, dynamic new version of The Seagull flies from the start Sunday Times
  • ★★★★ startlingly modern Guardian
  • ★★★★ Headlong theatre company’s short, sharp reinvention blows away the cobwebs Times
  • ★★★★ McIntyre’s production for once lives up to the cliché about making a classic seem new – it is not simply dressed in this season’s threads Financial Times
  • ★★★★ McIntyre's staging hits home with startlingly immediacy and superb acting Independent on Sunday
  • ★★★★ brilliant, tense and completely gripping The Scotsman
  • ★★★★ an outstanding production What's On Stage
  • ★★★★ makes you look at the play afresh Exeunt