National Theatre Live Encore: The Seagull (15)
By Anton Chekhov, in a version by Anya Reiss directed by Jamie Lloyd
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.
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, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.
Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage. Filmed live in London’s West End with a cast including Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).
★★★★★ ‘A brutally beautiful production’ (The i)
★★★★ ‘Emilia Clarke is irresistible in Jamie Lloyd’s stripped back take on Chekhov’s masterpiece’ (Time Out)
★★★★ ‘Brave, compelling and powerful’ (Guardian)
★★★★ ‘Another revelatory revival from Jamie Lloyd’ (Financial Times)
★★★★ ‘A maverick show that proves how dangerous and daring a revival can be’ (Guardian)
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including interval.