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The Seagull

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Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier-award winning playwright Simon Stephens directed by Sean Holmes and starring Lesley Sharp as Irina Arkadina, performed at the Lyric in 2017.

Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates throughout the play.  

Cast & Creative Team

Nina – Adelayo Adedayo
Pauline – Michele Austin
Jacob – Lloyd Cooney
Boris – Nicholas Gleaves
Hugo – Paul Higgins
Leo – Lloyd Hutchinson
Irina – Lesley Sharp
Marcia – Cherrelle Skeete
Simeon – Raphael Sowole
Peter – Nicholas Tennant
Konstantin – Brian Vernel


Written by Anton Chekhov
In a new version by Simon Stephens
Directed by Sean Holmes
Design by Hyemi Shin
Lighting by Anna Watson
Sound by Pete Malkin
Casting by Stuart Burt CDG
Literal Translation by Helen Rappaport
Associate Director by Jude Christian
Movement Consultation by Imogen Knight


Additional downloads

The Seagull - Education Pack

Watch the trailer and a video interview with Sean Holmes, the director of ‘The Seagull’:

View a gallery of photos from the production in October 2017: