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Chekhov's The Seagull — Sydney Theatre Company

Australian acting great Sigrid Thornton is back on the STC stage for Chekhov's original masterpiece.
By Suz Tucker
November 07, 2023
By Suz Tucker
November 07, 2023

After a fantastic year of programming that included works as diverse as the debut production of wonderful new Australian comedy Hubris & Humiliation and Edward Albee's provocative Tony Award-winner The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia, the Sydney Theatre Company's 2023 season is wrapping up with another undisputed theatrical classic.

Anton Chekhov's 1886 slice-of-life banger The Seagull will play at the Roslyn Packer Theatre throughout November and December, bringing to life the funny and fraught production about romance, death, the purpose of art, and existential dissatisfaction. From a Russian playwright you simply cannot have it any other way!

Set at a lakeside rural estate in the Russian countryside where the drama plays out, the original text has been adapted by Andrew Upton (former co-artistic director of the STC with his wife Cate Blanchett) and his interpretation is directed by Imara Savage who might just be one of the most impressively versatile directors of stage working in the country right now.

The Seagull also welcomes Australian acting great Sigrid Thornton back to the STC stage in the role of glamorous ageing diva Irina Arkadina, alongside a terrific cast including Toby Schmitz in the pivotal role of Boris Trigorin, Sean O'Shea and Megan Wilding (both of whom previously featured in STC's The Importance of Being Earnest), and Arka Das and Mabel Li in their Sydney Theatre Company debuts.

If you're looking for one last theatrical experience to round out your year, Sydney Theatre Company's The Seagull might be difficult to top.

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