PEARL CHANDA as Nina Photos by Tristram Kenton

“…blows away the cobwebs so thoroughly that Chekhov’s classic

offers the shock of the new once again.” – The Times

 

A new staging of one of the greatest plays of the modern era, THE SEAGULL, visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 4th June to Saturday 8th June.  Blanche McIntyre directs John Donnelly’s searing version of Chekhov’s drama about unrequited love in a co-production with Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton which plays Bath as part of a UK tour.

 

“…a sharp, contemporary reading that throws Chekhov’s play into clear focus.” – Daily Telegraph

 

By the side of a lake on a beautiful country estate a distinguished party has gathered. The company includes the successful novelist Trigorin, the celebrated actress Arkadina, her troubled son Konstantin, and his young admirer Nina.

 

John Donnelly’s dynamic and modern adaptation of Chekhov’s first great play shows a world on stage, riven with hopeless love and dreams of success.  Raw, beautiful and darkly comic, The Seagull explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet.

 

The restless tension which runs through the lives of Chekhov’s characters is given theatrical life in the world designer Laura Hopkins has created on stage, which reflects the shifting emotional landscape of each character in The Seagull.

Abigail Cruttenden plays the role of Arkadina. Well-known for her many screen roles, she recently played Kate Weedon in ITV’s award-winning comedy series Benidorm, and has also appeared in The Robinsons; Charlotte Gray; Foyle’s War; Rosemary and Thyme; Anna Karenina; Monarch of The Glen; and Hideous Kinky. Her numerous theatre credits include Afterlife for the National Theatre, 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre, Benefactors for Sheffield Crucible, and Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include You Never Can Tell in 1987, Hayfever in 1992, and in 1991 Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

 

Catherine Cusack appears as Polina. Her extensive stage credits include the title role in Mary Stuart for the National Theatre of Scotland; Anne Bronté in Bronté and Maggie in The Mill on the Floss for Shared Experience; and Our Lady of Sligo for the National Theatre, which toured to the Theatre Royal Bath in 1998.  Her film and television credits include Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Finding Neverland, Ballykissangel, Coronation Street and Doctor Who.

 

Colin Haigh plays the role of Sorin, and returns to the Theatre Royal after playing Bath previously in six productions including, most recently, The Jew of Malta in 1999 and The Seagull in 1997. Colin’s recent stage work includes The Captain of Kopenick, Travelling Light, The Kitchen and Afterlife, all for the National Theatre; and in the West End, the Donmar production of Hamlet with Jude Law; Equus and Waiting for Godot.

 

David Beames appears as Dorn. He recently performed in Chariots of Fire in the West End, and has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s Royal Court Theatre. His television credits include Miss Marple, Midsomer Murders, A Touch of Frost and Rumpole of the Bailey. David’s previous performances at the Theatre Royal Bath include Our Country’s Good in 1998, Festen in 2006 and Pride & Prejudice in 2009.

The role of Trigorin is played by Gyuri Sarossy, whose stage credits include Headlong’s Earthquakes in London, which played Bath in 2011. He has recently performed in Tis Pity She’s a Whore for Cheek by Jowl; Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company; and played Bath in Man and Superman, Don Juan and Galileo’s Daughter for The Peter Hall Company 2004 Season. His television work includes Foyle’s War, Casualty and Judge John Deed.

 

The cast is completed by Pearl Chanda (as Nina), Alexander Cobb (as Konstantin), Rudi Dharmalingam (as Medvedenko), Eddie Eyre (as Yakov), John Elkington (as Shamrayev) and Jenny Rainsford (as Masha).

 

Blanche McIntyre is widely recognised as one of British Theatre’s most exciting young directors. She was named in the Time Out’s Culture 100 list of most original and influential people in the UK’s creative industries. She won the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the 2012 Off West End Theatre Award for Best Director.  She was Associate Director at Out of Joint in 2010, and Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio in 2009. She has also directed for London’s Unicorn Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse.

 

John Donnelly is a past winner of both the PMA Award for Best New Writer and the NSDF Sunday Times Playwriting Award.  His plays include Bone (Royal Court Theatre), The Knowledge (Bush Theatre), Encourage the Others (Almeida Projects), and Poll Tax Riots (Hampstead Theatre). He is currently working on a new commission for London’s Royal Court Theatre.

 

The multi award-winning Headlong Theatre Company is renowned for innovative, accessible re-imaginings of classic texts. Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of Headlong for eight years, will become Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre in August. Headlong has previously visited the Theatre Royal Bath with Earthquakes in London in 2011 and ENRON in 2010.

 

THE SEAGULL tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 4th June to Saturday 8th June.  Tickets are available at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk