News Published 17 September 2012

New Version of The Seagull at Southwark Playhouse

Anya Reiss adapts Chekhov’s classic.

Catherine Love

The last show to be announced in the Southwark Playhouse’s final season under the arches of London Bridge Station is a new version of The Seagull, adapted by playwright Anya Reiss. This modern updating of Chekhov’s classic will be directed by Russell Bolam and presented as the penultimate show in the theatre’s main house.

Reiss is an alumna of the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court Theatre, where her debut play Spur of the Moment was produced in 2010. Written when she was just seventeen, the play won Reiss the Most Promising Playwright awards from both the Evening Standard and the Critics’ Circle. This was followed in 2011 by The Acid Test, a second play at the Royal Court.

Reiss’ new adaptation of The Seagull transports the tragicomic tale to a contemporary setting, promising a version of the play that is “reignited for the 21st century”. The production marks a return to the Southwark Playhouse for director Bolam, who tackled Philip Ridley’s Shivered in the same space earlier this year.

It has also been confirmed that Matthew Kelly is to star as Dorn, with the rest of the cast yet to be announced. The production will run in the main house from 8th November – 1st December.

For more information and tickets, visit the Southwark Playhouse website.

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Catherine Love

Catherine is a freelance arts journalist and theatre critic. She writes regularly for titles including The Guardian, The Stage and WhatsOnStage. She is also currently an AHRC funded PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, pursuing research into the relationship between text and performance in 21st century British theatre.

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