Ejiofor plays Trigorin, the literary lover of Scott Thomas’ ageing actress Madame Arkadina. Crook is Arkadina’s troubled son Konstantin in a cast that also features Carey Mulligan (as Nina), Katherine Parkinson (Masha), Peter Wight (Sorin), Pearce Quigley (Medviedenko), Paul Jesson (Shamraeff), Patrick Nolan (Jacob), Denise Black (Paulina) and Art Malik (Dorn).
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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show party at the Royal Court’s bar, along with the cast, director Ian Rickson, and other guests including actor Richard E Grant and film director Stephen Frears, whose recent work includes the Oscar-nominated The Queen.
The Seagull, in a new version by Christopher Hampton, marks 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 until 17 March 2007.
- by Caroline Ansdell