Cast: Ejiofor Joins Scott Thomas in Court's SeagullDate: 10 November 2006
Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured) will return to the stage to star alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Mackenzie Crook in the Royal Court staging of Chekhov’s The Seagull, in a new version by Christopher Hampton (See News, 31 Jul 2006). The final offering in the theatre’s year-long 50th anniversary season and the swansong production from outgoing artistic director Ian Rickson, it runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 18 January to 17 March 2007.
Since winning the Evening Standard Best Newcomer award in 2000 for the premiere of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, Ejiofor has had major successes on film in the likes of Dirty Pretty Things, Love Actually, Four Brother, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, Inside Man and the upcoming American Gangster with Denzel Washington. Ejiofor was last on the London stage in 2002/3 in Noel Coward’s The Vortex at the Donmar Warehouse.
In The Seagull, Ejiofor will play Trigorin, the literary lover of Scott Thomas’ ageing actress Madame Arkadina. Crook is Konstantin in a cast that also features Carey Mulligan (as Nina), Katherine Parksinson (Masha), Peter Wight (Sorin), Pearce Quigley (Medviedenko), Paul Jesson (Shamraeff), Patrick Nolan (Jacob), Denise Black (Paulina) and Art Malik (Dorn).
The Royal Court’s production of The Seagull will be the second of three stagings of Chekhov’s 1896 classic from the UK’s leading theatrical institutions. Katie Mitchell’s production, featuring Juliet Stevenson and Ben Whishaw, recently finished its run at the National; in March 2007, Ian McKellen will star in a Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Trevor Nunn in Stratford-upon-Avon (See News, 23 May 2006). Rickson’s production is designed by Hildegard Bechtler.
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- by Terri Paddock