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The Seagull - casting announced

The Seagull

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for The Seagull, which will visit Richmond Theatre (May 29 to June 1, 2013) as part of an eleven-week UK tour.

The line up comprises David Beames (as Dorn), Pearl Chanda (Nina), Alexander Cobb (Konstantin), Abigail Cruttenden (Arkadina), Catherine Cusack (Polina), Rudi Dharmalingam (Medvedenko), Eddie Eyre (Yakov), John Elkington (Shamrayev), Colin Haigh (Sorin), Jenny Rainsford (Masha) and Gyuri Sarossy (Trigorin).

Previously Posted: Blanche McIntrye will direct John Donnelly’s searing new version of Chekhov’s first great play, The Seagull, in a co-production with Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton.

The production will visit Richmond Theatre (Wednesday, May 29 to Saturday, June 1, 2013) as part of an eleven-week UK tour which begins at The Nuffield, Southampton (April 11 to April 20) before travelling to Watford, Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Bath and Derby.

Described as raw, beautiful and darkly comic, The Seagull explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet.

Award-winning Blanche McIntrye’s credits include The Seven Year Itch (Salisbury Playhouse), Repentance/Behind The Lines (ANGLE at the Bush Theatre), Foxfinder, Accolade, Molière or the League of Hypocrites (Finborough Theatre), When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios), Pinching For My Soul (Focus Theatre Dublin), Birds, Open Heart Surgery (Southwark Playhouse) and The Revenger’s Tragedy (BAC).

As Associate Director her theatre credits include The Big Fellah (Out of Joint 2010 and 2011 tours), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Changeling Theatre Company).

John Donnelly is a past winner of both the PMA Award for Best New Writer and the NSDF Sunday Times Playwriting Award. His plays include Bone (Royal Court Theatre), The Knowledge (Bush Theatre), Encourage the Others (Almeida Projects), Little Russians (Tricycle Theatre/First Blast: Proliferation Season), Poll Tax Riots (Hampstead Theatre) and Songs of Grace and Redemption (Theatre 503).

Donnelly is currently a visiting lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is working on a new commission for the Royal Court Theatre.

Led by award-winning Artistic Director Rupert Goold, Headlong’s most recent work includes The Effect (National Theatre), Medea (UK Tour), Boys (HighTide/The Nuffield, Southampton/Soho Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour) and Decade (St Katharine Docks).

The Seagull will be designed by Laura Hopkins, with lighting by Guy Hoare and sound by Gregory Clarke. Full casting will be announced shortly.