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Young Chekhov: The Seagull

The Chichester Festival Theatre production

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by David Hare

23 July to 8 October 2016
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins, including interval

Young Chekhov: The Seagull

On a summer’s day in a makeshift theatre by a lake, Konstantin’s cutting-edge new play is performed, changing the lives of everyone involved forever.

Chekhov’s masterly meditation on how the old take revenge on the young is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage.

Adapted by David Hare whose stage plays include Skylight, Pravada and screenplays include The Hours and The Reader, directed by Jonathan Kent (Gypsy, Private Lives).

The Young Chekhov trilogy opened to overwhelming acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre last year. The company now come to the National, offering a unique chance to explore the birth of a revolutionary dramatic voice.

Performed by one ensemble of actors, each play can be seen as a single performance (see also Platonov and Ivanov) or enjoyed together, either over different days or as a thrilling all-day theatrical experience.


Talks and events

Jonathan Kent on Young Chekhov, Thu 15 Sep, 6pm,
In Context: Chekhov the early work, Mon 26 Sep, 2pm

Get the playtext from the National Theatre bookshop.

5 star rating

Land-mark brilliant

4 star rating

Young Chekhov is revelatory. The Seagull is gorgeously bittersweet

Time Out
5 star rating

An immensely rich trilogy. Anna Chancellor is glorious

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Translated with wit and freshness by David Hare and superbly staged by Jonathan Kent

Financial Times
5 star rating

Theatrical bliss. Wildly funny and crammed with vivid humanity. Ceaselessly vibrant and richly rewarding

The Times
5 star rating

Three theatre giants and a brilliant cast create a world so joyfully funny. A delight.

Daily Mail
5 star rating

Anna Chancellor is a delight

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Young Chekhov is the greatest of theatrical marathons

5 star rating

A thrilling theatrical adventure

Mail on Sunday

Young Chekhov trailer

Watch the trailer for the Young Chekhov trilogy.

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Young Chekhov time lapse

Watch the crew install the stage for Young Chekhov in just thirty seconds.

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Pip Carter
Irina Nikolaevna Arkadina
Anna Chancellor
Mark Donald
Peter Egan
Debra Gillett
Joshua James
Evgeny Dorn
Adrian Lukis
Des McAleer
Luke Pierre
Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Nina Zarechnaya
Olivia Vinall

Production team

Ticket prices

Mon – Thu & all matinees
£60*, £52, £39, £29, £15
Fri & Sat evening
£65*, £56, £44, £31, £18
* Best seats, centre stalls. Limited availability.

Access performances:
Sat 3 Sep 8pm, Thu 15 Sep 7.30pm, Mon 26 Sep 7.30pm (Captioned)
Sat 17 Sep 8pm & Sat 8 Oct 8pm (Audio-Described)

Original photography by Johan Persson and Sorted