Stage and screen icon Sigrid Thornton (The Lifespan of a Fact) returns to Sydney Theatre Company’s Roslyn Packer Theatre this November in an unmissable new adaptation of The Seagull from Australia” greatest interpreter of Chekhov and former STC Artistic Director, Andrew Upton.
Directed by Imara Savage, who last beguiled STC audiences with her revelatory production of Saint Joan in 2018,Thornton will take on the larger-than-life role of diva Irina Arkadina, leading a talented cast including Toby Schmitz (The Present) as the imprudent Boris Trigorin alongside Arka Das (STC debut), Michael Denkha (A Streetcar Named Desire),Harry Greenwood (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Markus Hamilton (Fences), Mabel Li (STC debut), Sean O’Shea (The Importance of Being Earnest), Megan Wilding (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Brigid Zengeni (Death of a Salesman).
Upton’s contemporary, darkly funny, and gutsy reimagining of the timeless Chekhov classic follows his masterstroke adaptations of the internationally acclaimed STC productions, The Present (2010) and Uncle Vanya (2015).
Widely considered to be the first of Chekhov’s great masterpieces, The Seagull is smart, funny and moving in equal measure as it ambitiously investigates the power of art and the complicated personalities that make it happen.
Andrew Upton’s masterful adaptation of Chekhov’s novice play’: The Guardian Australia (on The Present)
In a country house beside a lake, love triangles, intrigue and thwarted egos run amok. The glamorous, ageing thespian Irina Arkadina has arrived for a romantic getaway with her much younger lover, the novelist Boris. Irina’s son Constantine, a struggling playwright, is besotted with a beautiful ingnue from the next house over, Nina. But when a flirtation blossoms between Nina and Boris, jealousy, ambition and a lack of phone signal throw the whole party into various states of crisis.
The creative team includes David Fleischer (Set Designer), Mulder (Costume Designer),Amelia Lever-Davidson (Lighting Designer), Max Lyandvert (Composer & Sound Designer)Marina Lobastov (Literal Translator) Ian Michael (Assistant Director).
The Seagull plays at Roslyn Packer Theatre from 21 November – 16 December 2023.
Venue: Roslyn Packer Theatre
Date: 21 Nov- 16 Dec 2023
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