Royal Court Seagull Flies to West End???
Date: 26 March 2007
Thanks to its cast – led by Kristin Scott Thomas, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mackenzie Crook – the Royal Court’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull was a virtual sell-out even before it opened to rave reviews in January (See Review Round-up, 26 Jan 2007). But if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets in Sloane Square, where The Seagull finished last Saturday (17 March), you may get another chance soon. We hear that the production, directed by Ian Rickson in his last show as Court artistic director, may be swooping in for a limited season in the West End, possibly at Wyndham’s, which will be vacant from mid-April when the National Theatre production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys finishes its scheduled four-month run. Meanwhile, Trevor Nunn’s Royal Shakespeare Company production of the Chekhov classic – with a cast including Ian McKellen, Frances Barber and Romola Garai (See News, 16 Jan 2007) – runs in rep at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Courtyard Theatre from 17 April to 23 June 2007. Following an international tour until the end of October, it’s also expected to transfer to the West End in late 2007 or early 2008 (See The Goss, 16 Dec 2006).
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