The play, ‘a free adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull', was first produced at the Vancouver Playhouse in 1981, although Williams first spoke of writing such a piece early on in his career. It received its British premiere at Exeter’s Northcott Theatre in 2008 in a production directed by the theatre’s then artistic director, Ben Crocker. The upcoming Finborough production celebrates both the theatre’s 30th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Chekhov’s birth.
Willmott has a special connection with the Finborough, having directed more shows there than any other director, most recently his 2009 adaptation of Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Enchanted Cottage, entitled Country Magic. Willmott’s F**king Men, which began life at the Finborough before transferring to the King’s Head then the Arts Theatre, was nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Off-West End Production (see Interview, 28 July 2009).
The cast of The Notebook of Trigorin will include Stephen Billington and Morgan James, both returning to the Finborough following roles in F**king Men. The show will be designed by Kim Alwyn and Aimee Sajjan-Servaes.
will also be presenting Three Seagulls, three staged
readings chosen to complement The Notebook of Trigorin. Two
versions of Chekhov’s The Seagull - Irish playwright Thomas Kilroy’s The
Seagull and the world premiere of journalist and critic Patrick
Marmion’s Pieta - will be staged on 10 April and 24 April respectively.
Daniel MacIvor’s His Greatness, which will be presented on
17 April, is a fictionalized account of the writing of The
Notebook of Trigorin.