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Further casting announced for The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for Simon Stephens’ new version of Anton Chekhov’s highly renowned play, The Seagull. Directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes, it runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from October 10 (previews from October 3) to November 4, 2017.

Joining previously announced Lesley Sharp (as Irina Arkadina) are Adelayo Adedayo (Nina), Michele Austin (Pauline), Paul Higgins (Hugo Dorn), Cherrelle Skeete (Marcia), Nicolas Tennant (Peter Sorin) and Brian Vernel (Konstantin).

Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka. And Art.

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 this classic play.

Adelayo Adedayo’s theatre credits include Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre). Her screen credits include Unlocked, Timewaster, Houdini & Doyle, Some Girls, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Skins, Gone Too Far, Sket, MI High, Meet The Bandaiis and The Bill.

Michele Austin’s theatre credits include Medea and The Chain Play (Almeida); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible); The House That Will Not Stand and The Riots (Tricycle Theatre); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Regent’s Park); Six Books (Bush Theatre); The Lost Mariner, Been So Long and Breath, Boom (Royal Court); and Generations (Young Vic).

Her film and TV work includes The Children Act, What We Did On Our Holidays, Another Year, The Infidel, All Or Nothing, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Second Nature, Secrets & Lies, EastEnders, Death In Paradise, Holby City, Silent Witness, The Bill, The Wife Of Bath and Doctors.

Paul Higgins’ theatre credits include Temple, Luise Miller, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message… (Donmar Warehouse); Hope, Nightsongs, American Bagpipes, The Conquest of the South Pole (Royal Court); Children of the Sun, White Guard, Paul, An Enemy of the People, The Hare Trilogy (National Theatre); Damascus (Traverse/Tricycle/Middle East); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland); Macbeth, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida); Measure for Measure (RSC); and The Golden Ass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe).

His screen credits include Line of Duty, Decline and Fall, The Thick of it, New Town, The Last Enemy, Murder, Raised By Wolves, Utopia, Low Winter Sun, Victoria & Abdul, Couple in a Hole, In The Loop, Red Road, Bedrooms and Hallways, Apostle and The Party’s Just Beginning.

Cherrelle Skeete’s theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate); And I and Silence (Finborough Theatre) and The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre).

Her film and TV credits include Silent Witness, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.

Nicolas Tennant has previously appeared at the Lyric Hammersmith in Three Kingdoms (also Tallinn/Munich). Elsewhere, his credits include The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo Theatre); Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, King Lear, As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC); The Alchemist and Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Tiger Country and Love Me Tonight (Hampstead Theatre); The Power Of Yes, The Blue Ball and The U.N. Inspector (National Theatre); and Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe);

His screen credits include Peaky Blinders, The Bill, The Gift, The Fool, Nice Town, Between the Lines, Breaking The Bank, Oscar & Lucinda, Friday On My Mind, Backbeat and Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic.

Brian Vernel’s theatre credits include Barbarians (Young Vic); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); Takin’ Over the Asylum (Royal Lyceum/Citizen’s); Macbeth, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Static, Blackout (ThickSkin) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre Of Scotland/Traverse/Oran Mor).

On screen, he has appeared in Dunkirk, Papillon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Winter Song, Offender, Let Us Prey, Collateral, The Tunnel, Dr Who, The Missing 2, The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and The Field of Blood.

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Open Captioned Performance: Saturday, October 28 at 2:30pm.

Audio Described Performance: Saturday, October 28 at 7:30pm.

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