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The Seagull is Chekhov's extraordinary gathering of a group of bruised and incandescent dreamers who cannot, no matter how they try, get what they want. It is also one of the masterpieces of theatre about theatre; an exploration of how telling stories and coining symbols interacts with life.
Benedict Andrews' adaptation brilliantly reawakens the spirit of Chekhov's great play. Set in a world which is at once Russia then and Australia now, this new version is charged with all the good faith and natural poetry of Chekhov's original.
Cast : 6M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-898-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician, considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature. His career as a dramatist produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career.
Benedict Andrews is one of the most sought after Australian theatre directors of
his generation. Dividing his time between Sydney and Berlin, he is a
regular guest at the Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir, and the
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. He is known for startling adaptations of
works from the classical repertoire alongside plays by contemporary
dramatists such as Marius von Mayenburg, Sarah Kane, Martin Crimp, and
Caryl Churchill. His marathon adaptation of the Shakespeare's history
The War of the Roses, was the theatrical highlight of the 2009
Sydney Festival. In 2009, this production received six Helpmann awards
including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play, as well as five Sydney
Theatre Awards for Best Direction and Best Mainstage Production.
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