The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov
Direction: Falk Richter

German by Ulrike Zemme
Adaptation by Falk Richter
A coproduction with the Vienna Festival and the Schauspielhaus Zurich

The young dramatist Konstantin is anxious to win the love of Nina, who is acting in his play, and he longs for recognition from his mother, Arkadina, a famous actress, who mocks his »mini revolution» in the theatre. The family’s summer holiday turns into absolute hell when Nina falls in love with Trigorin, Arkadina’s lover.
Years later, they all meet again at the death bed of an uncle. Trigorin has left Nina, and Arkadina has persuaded him to come back to her. Nina cannot accept this, and catastrophe is inevitable.
All Chekhov’s characters long for love and recognition, but they are unable to help each other. The older individuals feel compelled to defend what they have, while the young people fail to realise their dreams.

Direction: Falk Richter
Stage design: Katrin Hoffmann
Costume design: Martin Kraemer
Music: Paul Lemp
Dramaturgy: Jens Hillje
Video: Martin Rottenkolber
Light design: Carsten Sander

Arkadina: Sylvana Krappatsch
Konstantin: Mark Waschke
Sorin: Peter Brombacher
Nina: Yvon Jansen
Schamrajew: Thomas Bading
Polina: Karin Neuhäuser
Mascha: Jule Böwe
Trigorin: André Jung
Dorn: Sylvester Groth
Medwedenko: Thomas Wodianka

Premiered on 15 October 2004