“Jamie Lloyd's new West End season of contemporary adaptions of classic plays has got off to a terrific start with James McAvoy's Cyrano de Bergerac. Next up is the hotly anticipated The Seagull starring the enormously popular Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones.”
“I really loved Anya Reiss’ very modern version of Chekhov’s play when I saw it at Southwark Playhouse in 2012 so it will be intriguing to see what that most incisive of directors, Jamie Lloyd, does with it. On board to play Nina, the young woman with ambitions to be a great actress, is Emilia Clarke, most recently seen in Game of Thrones and Last Christmas. The Seagull is a terrific play about art, the role of theatre, talent and success and Clarke should be a big draw for this reinvented classic. The show only runs from mid-March to the end of May – after which Lloyd will direct Jessica Chastain in A Doll’s House.”
A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside where dreams are in tatters, hopes dashed, hearts broken and there is nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.
Following on from their critically-acclaimed, five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, the Jamie Lloyd Company’s second show in the Playhouse Season sees Anya Reiss propel Chekhov’s tale of ambition, love, loneliness and fame into the 21st century.
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