The Seagull at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
The Seagull at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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Overview

Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens adapts Chekhov’s masterpiece The Seagull as part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s new season. Directed by Sean Holmes and starring Lesley Sharp, the play examines the perfection and destructiveness of love, art and family ties.

Regularly performed around the world, The Seagull is Chekhov’s well-known play, following the lives of a family who come together during the summer. Whilst Konstantin develops a new play to star his muse, Nina, Irina Arkadina discovers that the world is quickly changing around her. Switching between the overt and profound, the play is a tragic, beautiful and epic story.

Multi-award winning actress Lesley Sharp stars as Irina Arkadina, with her most recent stage credits including A Taste of Honey at the National Theatre and Ingredient X at the Royal Court. In 1992, Sharp was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Sharp is best known for her screen appearances in Vera Drake, Scott and Bailey and Afterlife.

Artistic Director Simon Holmes leads the production, which features design by Hyemi Shin, lighting design by Anna Watson and sound design by Pete Malkin. Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) adapts the play from Helen Rappaport’s literal translation.

The Seagull is the ultimate tale of unrequited love and creative jealousy culminating under one roof. An explosive, tragic and captivating story, the Lyric Hammersmith’s dynamic new production plays a limited winter season.

Recommended for

Fans of Chekhov’s original story will enjoy a dynamic new interpretation in this production. This is also a great chance to see an award-winning actress in one of theatre’s best known roles!

The Seagull is recommended for those aged 14 and up. Please note that the show contains loud noises.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for 14+

Dates and times

Opened: 03 Oct 2017
Press night: 10 Oct 2017
Booking from: 03 Nov 2017
Booking until: 04 Nov 2017

Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

5 Reviews Add review

I’ve seen many adaptations of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ and this was probably the most modern version. The ever excellent Lesley Sh... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I’ve seen many adaptations of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ and this was probably the most modern version. The ever excellent Lesley Sharpe was a good casting for the role of Irina as she swayed and shashayed around the stage, playing a dominating actress who is always used to getting her own way. Some cast members I found a bit too quiet but as it was only the third preview night, I’m hoping they will develop into the role The set was good but at nearly 3 hours in length it did feel it – they maybe could have shaved 20 mins or so off to shorten the length of this play.

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

heididowning 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

heididowning 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A modern and quite funny adaptation of a Chekhov classic. Taking two stars off for the mediocre stage setting and the weird and le... More

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A modern and quite funny adaptation of a Chekhov classic. Taking two stars off for the mediocre stage setting and the weird and lengthy scene changes.

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Very impressive, funny and well acted.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Very impressive, funny and well acted.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An odd translation and production takes a less traditional take on Chekhov, highlighting the heightened nature of the piece rather... More

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An odd translation and production takes a less traditional take on Chekhov, highlighting the heightened nature of the piece rather than the 'naturalism'. This works at times and at others descends into caricature.

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes