Reading and audition dates for Chekov’s classic ‘The Seagull’



By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss

Director: Deborah Edgington

READING: Friday 1 May 2015 at 7.45pm

AUDITIONS: Saturday 2 May at 10am and  Sunday 3 May at 7.45pm

PERFORMANCES: 11 to 18 July 2015

“Love is the only thing on this earth that can make you happy …”

A new version of Chekhov’s comic masterpiece adapted by Anya Reiss (winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Award).  It premiered at Southwark Playhouse in 2012. The Telegraph: “Fresh, colloquial, sexy and downright perceptive.”

Reignited for the 21st century, Reiss manages to remain true to Chekhov’s original theme about unrequited love – eight of the characters are unhappy in love.  It is also a beautifully crafted drama with plenty of themes to explore including the agonies of art, literature and ambition, and the comic tragedies that are borne out of this struggle.

Movement will be used in the play to express ideas and emotions, needing actors who can move with ease rather than experienced dancers.  These are the roles, with approximate playing ages:

Arkadina                   an actress 45/50s, egotistical

Konstantin                her son, early 20s, has ambitions to become an avant-garde writer, loves Nina

Sorin                         Arkadina’s older brother

Nina                          daughter of rich landowner, 18/20s, loves Trigorin

Shamrayev                manager of Sorin’s estate, cantankerous

Polina                        his wife, loves Dorn,

Masha                       his daughter, late 20s, loves Konstantin

Trigorin                     a writer, younger lover of Arkadina

Dorn                         a doctor, 50s, charming, loves Arkadina

Medvedenko              a teacher, pedantic, 20s/30s, loves Masha

The director Deborah says she is thrilled to be reunited with the same creative team as A Streetcar Named Desire: Lorraine Robinson (Producer), Duncan Wilson (Set Designer), Tony Rogers (Lighting and Sound Designer), David Small (Stage Manager), Peter Walker (ASM).  If it is anything like the experience on Streetcar, the whole cast and crew will have lots of fun withThe Seagull.  Do come along!

N.B. the auditions are on Saturday and Sunday, not the usual Sunday and Monday.


About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at
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