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The Seagull

By Anton Chekhov, a version by Anya Reiss

Library Theatre Company

The Lowry, 24 February 2014

Graeme Hawley (Trigorin) in The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

Graeme Hawley (Trigorin) in The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Photo by Jonathan Keenan.

This lean, sinewy staging of Chekhov’s great play can hardly be faulted.

The performances all convince, with Graeme Hawley’s Trigorin impressing most of all.  It must be difficult to play such a quiet (and quietly duplicitous) man quite so well as he.

Some may see the play as the dark flipside to Chekhov’s story about the lady with the little dog: see what happens when an extramarital affair goes wrong, becomes messy and flounders.  See what damage it causes.  Realistic, poetic, cruel, compassionate – the play is all these at once.  And the end, as so typical of Chekhov, is fraught with consequences.  Here, only now, is where the real unhappiness starts.

The Seagull is at The Lowry until 8 March, further details are here.

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