The Seagullby Anton Chekhov, Peter Gill
When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre, with Stanislavsky as Trigorin, and was an immediate success, changing for ever the nature and possibilities of drama. Chekhov's description of the play was characteristically self-mocking: 'A comedy - three f., six m., four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love'.
“The play has been flooded with light, like a room with the curtains drawn back.” John Peter, Sunday Times
“The direct simplicity of this new translation … uncovers not only the nerve endings of Chekhov's restless malcontents but also their comic absurdities. It is, as he always intended, actually funny.” Jack Tinker, Daily Mail
The play has been flooded with light, like a room with the curtains drawn back.
The direct simplicity of this new translation … uncovers not only the nerve endings of Chekhov's restless malcontents but also their comic absurdities. It is, as he always intended, actually funny.
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Meet the Author
Torben Betts’ other plays include: Muswell Hill (Orange Tree Theatre and Park Theatre); Invincible (Orange Tree Theatre and St James Theatre); The Unconquered, Best New Play 2007 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (Tron/Traverse/Arcola/Brits-off-Broadway); The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A Listening Heaven (Edinburgh Royal Lyceum); Lie of the Land (Edinburgh Pleasance/ Arcola); Clockwatching; The Company Man (both Orange Tree Theatre); The Biggleswades (Southwark Playhouse); Five Visions of the Faithful (Edinburgh Festival); The Lunatic Queen (Riverside Studios); The Error of Their Ways (HERE Arts Center, New York); The Swing of Things; Her Slightest Touch (both Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Incarcerator (Battersea Arts Centre); Silence and Violence (White Bear Theatre) and Get Carter (Northern Stage). He wrote the screenplay for the feature film Downhill, which was released in cinemas in May 2014.
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I had to read this for a theater program camp, but I must get across that you mustn't judge this play by the title. I was immediately grabbed by the opening scene, and I was drawn into the psychological states of the major characters. It is classified as a comedy, although I heartily disagree - I thought it was more of a melodrama. Overall, I loved Chekhov's use of the the seagull as a symbol for the overall message of the story, which is somewhat dark and sad. I hate sad stories, but this one is definetely an exception! Reccomended for any actor-to-be, or just for fun!