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The Seagull
     

The Seagull

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by Anton Chekhov
 

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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

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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'.

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Weekly Standard
“Senelick . . . has done his job as scholar and translator nearly to perfection.”
From the Publisher

"Pevear and Volokhonsky are at once scrupulous translators and vivid stylists of English." — New Yorker
Sunday Times John Peter

The play has been flooded with light, like a room with the curtains drawn back.
Daily Mail Jack Tinker

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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000752647
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
841,027
File size:
129 KB

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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