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