Anna Chancellor is the scene-stealing vain-glorious actress (and terrible mother) Irina and Samuel West is the novelist Boris Trigorin. Both are superb. A treat to watch.Times
Olivia Vinall is one of the brightest stars in the ensemble, later giving Anna Chancellor’s ab-fabulously self-preoccupied actress Arkadina a run for her money.Daily Telegraph
Anna Chancellor revels in the part of self-regarding actress Arkadina.Evening Standard
Anton Chekhov is one of the undisputed masters of world drama. He is usually thought to hide himself behind his characters and stories, keeping his own personality well off-stage. But when he was young he wrote three plays, Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull, which, with their thrilling sunbursts of youthful anger and romanticism, reveal a very different playwright from the one known by his mature, more familiar work.
Now the Young Chekhov season brings these three blazing dramas together to offer audiences the chance for the first time ever to explore the birth of a revolutionary dramatic voice. The plays show a playwright freeing himself from the constraints of nineteenth-century melodrama and herald the shift into the twentieth century, and the birth of the modern stage.
On a summer’s day in a makeshift theatre by a lake, a bold new play is to be performed. It is the work of a young, would-be playwright, Konstantin, who is searching for a new, more authentic dramatic form.
The play stars his beautiful muse and neighbour, Nina. The assembled family audience includes his actress mother, Arkadina, who has just arrived from Moscow with the famous novelist, Trigorin.
What happens during, and in the days immediately after, this play’s first performance will change not just the course of the summer, but the lives of everyone involved, for ever after. This masterly meditation on love and art is both comic and tragic, and marks the birth of the modern stage.
Young Chekhov promises to be an extraordinary event. Performed by one ensemble of actors, each play can be seen as a single performance or they can be enjoyed as one event, either over different days or as one intense theatrical experience on trilogy days on Saturdays 10, 17, 31 October and 14 November.
Anna Chancellor returns to Chichester to play Arkadina having last appeared in South Downs / The Browning Version (2011) and Private Lives (2012). She is joined by Nebli Basani, Lucy Briers, Pip Carter, Mark Donald, Peter Egan, Joshua James, Adrian Lukis, Des McAleer, Sarah Twomey, Olivia Vinall, Jade Williams and Samuel West.
David Hare is a playwright and film-maker, whose work has been staged to huge acclaim around the world. Previous work at Chichester includes South Downs (2011).
Director Jonathan Kent has worked on many celebrated and ground-breaking productions across theatre and opera. His most recent work at Chichester includes Gypsy (2014) and Private Lives (2012).
Supported by Young Chekhov Commissioning Circle