The Seagull lands in Victorian England at Leamington's Loft Theatre - The Leamington Observer

The Seagull lands in Victorian England at Leamington's Loft Theatre

Leamington Editorial 18th Sep, 2022   0

A RUSSIAN classic is transported to Victorian Britain at Leamington’s Loft Theatre.

The Seagull is widely regarded as the first of Anton Chekhov’s four great plays.

At its heart it explores the very nature of humanity, aspiration and recognition, the desire for love, the inherent selfishness of self-preservation, and the wicked indifference that belittles and crushes the dreams of the younger generation.

Through casual conversation within the idle boredom of life in the country the drama of the extended family and household subtly reveals itself.

In an isolated home where dreams are in tatters, hopes dashed, hearts broken and where there is nowhere left to turn, no-one can be bothered to prevent the self-predicted tragedy.

In this new adaptation by James Suckling the play is set in rural Victorian England at the turn of the 20th century.

James said: “The Seagull is a great play because, as with the works of Shakespeare, it’s characters still speak to us today. Their frustrations are our frustrations and their experiences are universal. Now, as then, all of us are ultimately alone. This Chekhov masterpiece is an intricate blend of humour and sadness.”

The Seagull runs at The Loft Theatre on Victoria Colonnade from Wednesday September 21 to Saturday October 1.

Visit for tickets and full performance details.



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