A Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton production ABIGAIL CRUTTENDEN, PEARL CHANDA, ALEXANDER COBB, RUDI DHARMALINGHAM, JOHN ELKINGTON , JENNY RAINSFORD in
by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by John Donnelly, directed by Blanche McIntyre
4 - 8 June 2013
“A beautiful young girl lives by a lake all her life, like you. She loves this lake. She’s happy and free, like that bird was once. Then a man comes along and for no reason at all – what do you think he does?”
“He destroys her.”
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, herm
troubled son Konstantin, and his young admirer Nina.
The Seagull is a play about unrequited love and is one of the greatest plays of the modern era.
In it, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet.
The multi award-winning Headlong is renowned for innovative, accessible re-imaginings of classic texts. The company’s Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, will shortly become the Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre. Headlong’s recent work includes Medea, Boys, Romeo and Juliet, Earthquakes in London, The Effect and ENRON.
Playing Arkadina will be Abigail Cruttenden who is well-known for the role of Kate Weedon in Benidorm. Her television credits also include The Robinsons. Her film credits include Hideous Kinky, and she starred in the title role in Charlotte Gray.
Blanche McIntyre is widely recognised as one of British Theatre’s most exciting young directors. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Off West End Theatre Award for Best Director in 2012, she was previously Associate Director at Out of Joint and Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio in London.
This production contains nudity and scenes of an adult nature.
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An extraordinary take on Chekhov’s play: layered, feisty, gorgeously melancholic ... droll - Daily Telegraph
There's never a dull moment, with terrific performances - Guardian
This mix of old and new is always absorbing, and sometimes revelatory - The Times
An outstanding production...it is fresh, funny, absolutely original - Whatsonstage
There is a lot of comedy in Donnelly’s adaption, the situations, characters and collisions mined for their inherent humour, and more than a dash of audacity in his approach - Exeunt Magazine
There’s a pleasing, playful quality to Blanche McIntyre’s reworking for Headlong of what is perhaps Chekhov’s best play - The Stage
The country’s most exciting touring company - Daily Telegraph
Headlong is one of the jewels of regional theatre - Independent
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Tuesday – Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday – Saturday 8.00pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Mon – Fri eves and Sat mat: £19.00 £24.50 £26.50 £29.50 £31.50
Sat eve: £21.50 £25.50 £27.50 £30.50 £33.50
Wed mat: £17.50 £23.00 £25.00 £29.00 £30.00
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval