Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka and Art.
Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new adaptation by Olivier-award winning playwright Simon Stephens directed by Sean Holmes and starring Lesley Sharp as Irina Arkadina.
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.
This was a massive modern adaptation and really it was best left alone. For me it just didn’t work. A servant in a track suit informing the rest of the cast in various blingy costumes that the horses were unavailable to take them to town is an example. It didn’t make sense. The audience were inane they belly laughed at every hammed up mannerism. Annoying. I left after the first Act so there may have been an improvement.
It has taken a full 24 h for me to write any form of review on the Seagull as i was so taken aback, i needed time to process my emotions and perceptions. My husband walked out at the interval, he did not get it... I did, although I was not expecting this kind of play or setting at all but it worked and it gripped me for over 125 minutes.... The cast is cleverly put together and all the actors are strong in their roles. Lesley Sharp is ace in hers and keeps the show on its toes. I won't say more as i think people need to go and experience it for themselves
A most fantastic adaptation. Throughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
Compared to The Seagull in the NT's Chekov trilogy, I liked this one more. Terrific performances in a lucid production of what is a challenging work.
Rather disappointing. I couldn't engage with the characters, although there are some fine performances. It's patchy
Didn’t enjoy it at all, left at interval. It’s been “modernised” i.e. cocked up. The men are mostly Scottish , the women mostly played by black actresses. This is a play set among the Russian aristocracy. There’s a searchlight shining into the audience, most unpleasant. Why? At the back of the stalls (Q left) there was a very distinct odour of urine (from the seats or floor, I hope) Best of the actors was the doctor.
Great cast in an excitingly contemporary reboot of a favourite. Some moments of real power (albeit a few of very little) particularly the denouement of Nina and Konstantin’s final confrontation which was at once gripping and gruelling. Beautiful set for Act I and some interesting yet lengthy set changes. Direction fell a little flat with some of the comic moments but overall felt naturalistic and refreshing. Standout performances from Brian Vernel’s Konstantin and Lesley Sharp as Irina. Overall a new version that further augments the Chekhov that we are so used to.
A lovely production, offering an updated view of Chekov's weighty play. This version gives a more accessible view of the changing relationships and ultimate doom in the play. Well staged and on the whole, well acted.
Totally enthralled from start to finish a perfect nights entertainment
A bastardized version of Checkov. Tried to be unique and ended up being the same old stuff that gets poorly done all the time. Writing was bad, direction uninteresting, and acting flat.
No exchanges or refunds after purchase.
Good To Know
Saturday 28 October 2:30pm - Open Captioned
Saturday 28 October 7:30pm - Audio Described
How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email after booking to present to the box office on arrival.
Suitable For Children
Recommended for ages 14+
When Can I Go
Wed 11 October – Sat 04 November 2017
Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (from 14 October)
Wednesday Matinees at 1.30pm (from 18 October)
No performances on Sundays
Where Do I Go
Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London, W6 0QL
The Lyric Hammersmith is a 20-minute tube ride from Central London and easily accessible by car and by bus. It is a two-minute walk from the tube and bus stations. The entrance to the Lyric, opposite the fountains on Lyric Square, is ground level with lift access inside to all floors.