The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

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  • Heath Ledger Theatre

About the Play

The lives of unforgettable characters, including the famous novelist Trigorin, the celebrated actress Arkadina, her son Konstantin and the young Nina, unfold in Chekhov’s work of genius.

The Seagull is about the stories we craft out of our dreams and disappointments, about love in all its guises and about artists who behave just like everyone else – only a little bit more so!

Tender and humorous, this play is for anyone touched by love, or anyone who harbours a secret passion for Who magazine. A passionate, delightful, infuriating diva brings her entourage home to the family estate, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Glittering with style, talent and passion, Emmy and AFI Award-winning and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-nominated Greta Scacchi is born to bring Arkadina to life.

By Anton Chekhov (in a new adaptation by Hilary Bell, by arrangement with the State Theatre Company of South Australia)

“Chekhov’s plays were the greatest since Shakespeare.” The New York Times

"This production celebrates WA's community that knows so well the joys and perils of welcoming home friends and family from foreign climes. Will they delight us with their adventures or carelessly wreak havoc? The brilliant Greta Scacchi brings to life Chekhov’s fascinating actress, Arkadina, while her beautiful daughter Leila George lights up our stage as Nina.” Kate Cherry

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Adam Booth, Rebecca Davis, Leila George, Michael Loney, Andrew McFarlane, Luke McMahon, Greg McNeill, Sarah McNeill, Ben Mortley and Greta Scacchi.

Directed by Kate Cherry.

Designers: Set & Costume Designer Fiona Bruce, Lighting Designer Jon Buswell, Sound Designer Ash Gibson Greig.

Movement Director Chrissie Parrott.

Assistant Director Jeffrey Jay Fowler.


"A very good, light-hearted night at the theatre. Chekhov would have been proud.” Independent Theatre Association

"The Seagull is an excellent opportunity to be able to see a classic, often thought of as tired and uninviting, in a new way. This is a fresh, accessible and entertaining look at The Seagull, a must see for regular theatregoers, students and especially for those who think that they don't like Chekhov." Stage Whispers

"So funny in many ways and so deep in others, you could put the cast in today's clothes and the message would be the same. The ending just hit me. Brilliant production, acting, set, costumes. Black Swan State Theatre Company constantly showcases productions that are second to none." Sharyn, patron

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