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The Seagull

Visiting Company


Headlong return to the Citizens with another innovative re-imagining of a classic text in this brand new version of Chekhov’s greatest play, by hotly tipped writer John Donnelly. Watch trailer.

“A lake. A young girl who’s spent her life beside it. She loves the lake, she’s happy, she’s free - like a seagull. Then a man comes along, sees her, and destroys her.”

In The Seagull, his first major play, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. It’s young, tormented protagonist is determined to overthrow the old and find new forms of expression as he struggles with the frustrations and fulfillments of putting words on a page.

A co-production from Headlong and the The Nuffield, Southampton, in association with Derby Theatre.

Recommended for 14+ (some strong language and sexual references)

A play about unrequited love. A story about how we create stories. One of the greatest plays of the modern era.

Main Theatre

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Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

The Citizens is delighted to welcome back Headlong after previous collaborations on Medea and Angels in America. Other recent work includes the hit productions of The Effect, Earthquakes in London and ENRON - and the company also recently toured A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness to the theatre.

Cast and Creative Team >

David Beames (Dorn)
Pearl Chanda (Nina)
Alexander Cobb (Konstantin)
Abigail Cruttenden (Arkadina)
Catherine Cusack (Polina)
Rudi Dharmalingam (Medvedenko)
Eddie Eyre (Yakov)
John Elkington (Shamrayev)
Colin Haigh (Sorin)
Jenny Rainsford (Masha)
Gyuri Sarossy (Trigorin)


By Anton Chekhov
In a new version by John Donnelly
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Designed by Laura Hopkins
Lighting Design by Guy Hoare
Sound Design by Gregory Clarke


“Donnelly has written a beautiful, vital, fluid script”
Sunday Herald

“a brilliant, tense and completely gripping two-and-a-half hours of ensemble theatre”
The Scotsman

“an impeccably realised piece of theatre”
The Public Reviews

“Stylistically, Blanche McIntyre’s production…moves between heavy-duty angst to comic archness and back again, while at its heart it lays bare the selfish self-absorption of the male ego at play.”
The Guardian

“John Donnelly’s startlingly modern version of Chekhov’s masterpiece, which offers just the right balance of cheekiness and reverence.”
The Guardian

“Headlong theatre company’s short, sharp reinvention blows away the cobwebs so thoroughly that Chekhov’s classic offers the shock of the new once again.”
The Times  

“Blanche McIntyre’s staging of The Seagull is up there with the best.”
The Observer

“an extraordinary take on Chekhov’s play: layered, feisty, gorgeously melancholic and, lest I forget, frequently droll”
The Telegraph

“McIntyre’s production and John Donnelly’s forthright new version of the text…look and sound like a contemporary Royal Court show”
Financial Times

“fresh, funny, absolutely original”

“it makes you look at the play afresh”

“what emerged in this performance at The Nuffield Theatre was something that had relevance, poignancy and still had me thinking long after the curtain came down.”
Southern Daily Echo

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