A play about unrequited love - a story about how we create stories - and one of the greatest plays of the modern era. In The Seagull, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. John Donnelly's new version brings to startling life the rawness, beauty and humour of Chekhov's first major play.... Read more >>
Running time: 2h 30m
A Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton production
by Anton Chekhov
in a new version by John Donnelly
'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.'
A play about unrequited love - a story about how we create stories - and one of the greatest plays of the modern era. In The Seagull, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. John Donnelly's new version brings to startling life the rawness, beauty and humour of Chekhov's first major play.
A co-production between the multi award-winning Headlong (Artistic Director Rupert Goold), renowned for their innovative, accessible re-imaginings of classic texts, and The Nuffield, Southampton. Headlong's recent work includes Medea, Boys, Romeo and Juliet, Earthquakes in London, The Effect and ENRON.
Director Blanche McIntyre
In association with Derby Theatre
'The country’s most exciting touring company'
'Headlong is one of the jewels of regional theatre'
Some strong language, age guidance 14+
Production photos by Tristram Kenton
A Platform event will be held post show in the auditorium for approximately 45min – 1hour.
The event will feature Blanche McIntyre (Director), John Donnelly (Writer) and other guests. Hosted by Dan Rebellato.
This is a free event, in order to book for it please select 'Platform Event' from the discount options when choosing your ticket price and your tickets will print with a voucher for the event.
There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £2.85 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
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The Stalls, Stalls Bar and an adapted toilet are accessible to wheelchair users. Please note this
venue does not have a lift and access for wheelchair users is restricted to the
Stalls level only.
An induction loop is fully installed in the auditorium. There are a limited number of headsets for the infra-red hearing system which should be booked in advance at the Box Office. Headsets are available from the kiosk in the foyer on payment of a returnable deposit (£5).
Hearing dogs and guide dogs are welcome in the theatre. Please inform the Box Office at the time of making your booking.
There is an adapted toilet on the Stalls level.
Approach by the A316.
20 minutes from Waterloo (SW Trains), 15 minutes by tube (District Line) from Hammersmith or London Overground from North London.
Bus routes 27, 33, 37, 65 and 71 all pass nearby the theatre. For more details visit TFL
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