The Seagull

Emilia Fox's West End debut, The Seagull, is back this summer for another West End run. Peter Gray reports.

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, starring Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, is making a return to the West End later this year. 

The actress, who starred in the winning Christmas movie, Last Christmas, has proved a revelation in the role, which briefly took to the stage before the panic began. 

“I am over the moon to be playing Nina in Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of The Seagull,” says Clarke of the role. “I’ve long been a fan of the singular vision he brings to each of his masterful productions and the way he approaches classical texts”.

The actress also had kind words for the writer behind the latest adaptation of the play, Anya Reiss. “We are so lucky to be working with Anya’s brilliant adaptation” said Clarke. “she brings a light touch of modernity to this beautifully crafted play. I cannot wait to get stuck in with these two visionaries.”

Although the Seagull represents Clarke’s first foray onto the West End stage, the actress has already appeared on Broadway. In 2013, the Game of Thrones star made her stage debut as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

Clarke is of course better known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO blockbuster Game of Thrones. The eighth and final series of the show was broadcast in early 2019 on HBO.

The Seagull follows the romantic complications that ensue when four people spend time together at a lakeside estate in the countryside. Published in 1895, the story was an immediate success, soon going on to be a theatre hit, after it was first performed in 1896. 

The play was first translated into English in 1909 for a play at the Royalty Theatre, Glasgow. Since then, Chekov’s play has become a staple of the English theatre scene with several new versions making it to the West End stage.

This new version of The Seagull is the latest effort from Mr Midas, Jamie Lloyd. The director’s recent hot streak has included Betrayal with Tom Hiddleston, Evita at the Regent’s Park Theatre and Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy.

The Seagull is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from the 29th of June until the 10th of September 2022. More information about the production can be found here.

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What: new theatre
When: 29 June - 10 Sept 22
Where: Harold Pinter Theatre
Website: The Seagull