The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Lyric Square, London, W6 0QL
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Lyric Hammersmith present Chekhov’s The Seagull starring Lesley Sharp

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.

The Seagull runs from 3 October 2017 until 4 November 2017 at the Lyric Hammersmith.


The cast features Lesley Sharp (Slapper and Me, Inkheart, Vera Drake, Cheeky, From Hell, The Full Monty) as Irina Arkadina. Further casting to be announced.


Written by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Simon Stephens with literal Translation by Helen Rappaport. The Seagull is directed by Sean Holmes with design by Hyemi Shin, lighting by Anna Watson and sound by Pete Malkin.


★★★★ “Terrific. I’ve never quite heard laughter like it” Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “an intelligently provocative production” TimeOut
★★★★ “Designed by Jon Bausor, it makes exquisite sense of this theatre’s sylvan setting” The Times
★★★★ “I adored it: a lively new version of a classic. This is a high-flying Seagull” Evening Standard