Kristin Scott Thomas, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mackenzie Crook lead the cast. 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).
Overnight critics were unanimous in their praise of Rickson’s production, all awarding four – or even five - stars. They were impressed with the believable performances of the cast, many of whom are better known as film and television actors, and said Christopher Hampton’s adaptation breathed new life into the play.
- by Caroline Ansdell