Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Booking to 10 September 2022
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Emilia Clarke stars in a modern adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut as Nina in Anya Reiss’ modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, with direction by Jamie Lloyd. Starring alongside Clarke will be Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).
Following on from their critically-acclaimed, five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, the Jamie Lloyd Company’s second show in his new Season sees Anya Reiss propel Chekhov’s tale of ambition, love, loneliness and fame into the 21st century.
The Seagull is booking from 29 June 2022 until 10 September 2022 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.
What is The Seagull about?
‘We need the theatre, couldn’t, couldn’t do without it. Could we?’
A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside where dreams are in tatters, hopes dashed, hearts broken and there is nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.
Who is in the London cast of The Seagull?
The cast will feature Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Nina, Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines) as Trigorin, Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart) as Konstantin, Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Present Laughter) as Arakdina, Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) as Masha, Jason Barnett as Shamrayev, Robert Glenister as Sorin, Mika Onyx Johnson as Medvedenko, Gerald Kyd as Dorn and Sara Powell as Polina, with understudies Katie Buchholz, Tina Harris, Joseph Langdon and David Lee-Jones.
Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is adapted by Anya Reiss with direction by Jamie Lloyd and design by Soutra Gilmour. Lighting design is by Jackie Shemesh, composition and sound design by George Dennis, projection design by Duncan McLean, associate direction by Jonathan Glew, casting direction by Stuart Burt, costume supervision by Anna Josephs and props supervision by Fahmida Bakht.
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Reviews of The Seagull
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Emilia Clarke is dazzling in this brilliant reimagining” iNews
★ ★ ★ ★ “This is not Chekhov as we know it, nor theatre as we know it” - Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★ "Clarke is undeniably charismatic..Indira Varma is mesmerising" - Evening Standard
★ ★ ★ ★ "Nuanced, quietly radical" - The Stage
Booking to 10 September 2022
To be confirmed
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue Information Harold Pinter Theatre
, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453
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The Seagull reviews starring Emilia Clarke – Harold Pinter Theatre 2022 ★★★
Reviews are in for The Seagull starring Emilia Clarke at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London Anton Chekhov’s classic is propelled into the 21st century with an adaptation by Anya Reiss and a stripped back production by director Jamie Lloyd. Emilia Clarke makes her long awaited West End debut as Nina, alongside Tom Rhys Harries (Trigorin), Daniel Monks (Konstantin), Indira Varma (Arkadina) and Sophie Wu(Masha), Jason Barnett (Shamrayev), Robert Glenister (Sorin), Mika Onyx Johnson (Medvedenko), Gerald Kyd (Dorn) and Sara Powell (Polina). In a rare 4-star review from Arifa Akbar found the show 'hypnotic' in a rare ★★★★ review from The Guardian's chief theatre critic, whilst the Evening Standard ★★★★ said "Lloyd’s stripped back and static production won’t please all comers" but "Emilia Clarke is charismatic" and "Indira Varma is mesmerising". Dominic Cavendish ★★ at The Telegraph thought the show was "too static and sapping, in these joy-starved times" with Clive Davis ★★ at The Times agreeing saying "this oddly static production, much of it delivered sotto voce, is closer to a radio play or a rehearsal." Read a round-up of reviews for The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre London. More reviews for follow. The Seagull runs until 10 September 2022. Tickets for The Seagull are on sale.
Full casting announced for The Seagull starring Emilia Clarke
Full casting has been announced for Jamie Lloyd's production of The Seagull starring Emilia Clarke. Joining the cast alongside the previously announced Game Of Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke (Nina), Tom Rhys Harries (Trigorin), Daniel Monks (Konstantin), Indira Varma (Arkadina) and Sophie Wu(Masha) are Jason Barnett (Shamrayev), Robert Glenister (Sorin), Mika Onyx Johnson (Medvedenko),Gerald Kyd (Dorn) and Sara Powell (Polina), with understudies Katie Buchholz, Tina Harris, Joseph Langdon and David Lee-Jones. The much delayed show will be Clarke's West End debut. Anton Chekhov’s classic tale of ambition, love, loneliness and fame is propelled into the 21st century in a new adaptation by Anya Reiss. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production features design by Olivier Award winner Soutra Gilmour. Lloyd's acclaimed production of Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy opens tonight at Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. Lloyd's season of plays include Cyrano, The Seagull and A Doll's House starring Academy Award winner Jessica Chasten, the latter is still to announce reschedule dates. The Seagull opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 7 July, with previews from 29 June, and runs until 10 September 2022. Tickets for The Seagull are on sale.
The Seagull with Emilia Clarke and A Doll’s House with Jessica Chastain to be rescheduled
Jamie Lloyd's West End productions of The Seagull starring Emilia Clarke and A Doll's House with Jessica Chastain will be rescheduled once theatre's re-open and suitable dates can be found. Emilia Clarke and cast of The Seagull had just begun previews at the Playhouse Theatre when UK theatre's were forced to close in March due to the emerging covid-19 pandemic. Cast member Indira Varma (Game of Thrones) later announced she was isolating after testing positive for covid-19. Adapted by Anya Rice, the Anton Chekov classic has set & costume design by Soutra Gilmour with lighting design by Jackie Shemesh, composition and sound design by George Dennis and casting by Stuart Burt CDG. Lloyd said today: "This is, of course, an incredibly challenging time for everyone, but we are looking forward to presenting our season to audiences in the future. I'm thrilled that Emilia Clarke and Jessica Chastain will lead The Seagull and A Doll's House as soon as we can get back into the theatre. We also remain committed to offering thousands of £15 and free tickets, together with our unique education work and our exciting new Emerge scheme, as soon as the season reopens." Lloyd also confirmed that the Emerge scheme will continue, providing mentorship for aspiring creatives. The company will remain committed to offering 15,000 free tickets for those with limited access to the arts, and 15,000 £15 tickets for under 30s, key workers and those receiving job seeker's allowance and other government benefits. Frank McGuinness’ ‘triumphant and thrilling’ (The New Yorker) adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House starring Golden Globe Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain as Nora was due to run from 10 June until 5 September. Dates and full casts for the shows are to be announced.
Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
actress Indira Varma has announced via Instagram that she has tested
positive for coronavirus. Varma said “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people”. Varma had been performing in Jamie Lloyd’s West End production of The Seagull which began preview performances on 11 March 2020 at the Playhouse Theatre in London. Lloyd’s production of Anton Chekhov’s tale of ambition, love, loneliness and fame also featured GOT alum Emilia Clarke. The show, which is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, was Clarke’s West End stage debut. The cast includes Danny Ashok, Robert Glenister, Tom Rhys Harries, Daniel Monks, Tamzin Outhwaite, Patrick Robinson, Seun Shote and Sophie Wu. Varma added “So sad our and so many other shows around the world have gone dark affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be back soon and urge your all (and the govt) to support us when we do. Phoenix/ Seagull riing from the ashes (sic)”. Varma is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2020 Olivier Awards for her performance in The Old Vic revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter starring Andrew Scott. The
actress has also been busy filming the first season of American network drama
series For Life due to air on ABC. Filming for the show finished in
January so there is no danger to the crew. Varma joins Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba and fellow GOT actor Kristofer Hivju in catching Covid-19. It is not known how Varma contracted the virus. [ngg src="galleries" ids="694" display="pro_horizontal_filmstrip"] Rehearsal images from The Seagull. Photo Credit - Marc Brenner It has not yet been announced when The Seagull will resume performances in London.
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