Reading and Audition dates for new version of The Seagull

READING AND AUDITION NOTICE

THE SEAGULL by ANTON CHEKHOV
In a new adaptation by James Suckling

MAIN HOUSE
Directed by James Suckling

Playing dates: 21 September – 1 October 2022

READING: Tuesday 10 May 7.30 p.m. at the theatre
AUDITIONS: Sunday 15 May 2.30 p.m. at the theatre

REHEARSALS from July 2022 with a break in August.

PLEASE COME TO THE STAGE DOOR AT THE REAR OF THE THEATRE IN SPENCER’S YARD, FOLLOWING THE MURAL OF THEATRICAL SHOES DIRECTING YOU TO THE DOOR. DO CONTACT US IF YOU NEED FURTHER DIRECTIONS.

 

“A comedy whose tragedy arises from the ridiculousness of its characters: we warm to them because they wear their absurdities so blatantly on their sleeves. The tragedy is that they get the opportunities to become better versions of themselves and always fail. They are irresistibly human.”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

Exploring the role of an artist both in life and in love and with themes of unrequited love, existential crisis and the banality of existence, The Seagull is recognised as one of Chekhov’s great plays. This new adaptation is set in 1900, at the turn of the 20th Century, on a remote estate in the English countryside. The characters, with little to do, explore their lives and “selves” as they pass the time in idle conversation.

 

THE CHARACTERS

(Playing ages are a guide only)

IRENE ANDERSON, an actress                                                     playing age 45

Renowned actress, a celebrity of her time, member of the artistic elite, beautiful, vain, miserly, a selfish mother yet doting lover, in love with Trevelyan.


CHRISTOPHER / KIT, her son                                                       playing age 25

Troubled young writer desperately seeking recognition from his mother, brooding and depressive, in love with Nina.


PETER SAUNDERS, her elder brother and landowner                   playing age 65

Not an artist but wistful, nostalgic and wise, a patient listener and confidant.


NINA, daughter of a neighbouring landowner                            playing age 25

Naïve, smart, idealistic, a hopeless romantic longing for a stage career – in a youthful relationship with Kit but embarks on an affair with Trevelyan.


IAN SAMUELS, Saunder’s estate manager                                   playing age approx. 45

Desperate to impress the Artistic Elite but a dictatorial, stubborn estate manager


PAULINE, his wife                                                                      playing age approx. 45

Unhappy in her loveless marriage to Samuels, in love with Dr Davison.


MARTHA, his daughter                                                              playing age 25

Depressed heavy drinker and snuff addict who is in mourning for her life! Hopelessly in love with Kit but settles unhappily for a life with Meadows.


BASIL TREVELYAN, a celebrated writer                                       playing age approx. 40 visibly younger than Irene

Irene’s lover and esteemed, obsessive, compulsive writer, somewhat aloof.


EDWARD DAVISON, a doctor                                                      playing age approx. 55

An aging, handsome ladies’ man, an observer, confidant and witness to events, supportive of Kit and the younger generation.


SIMON MEADOWS, a schoolmaster                                            playing age 25

Poor, hard-working and continuously hard done by complainer. Martha marries him as Kit is unattainable.


JACOB, a workman                                                                    playing age N/A

COOK                                                                                        playing age N/A

MAID                                                                                        playing age N/A

 

NOTE: Casting for this production will be entirely neutral. The best actor for each role will be cast, based on the audition process only.

If you are interested in the play, but cannot make the reading or audition dates or for any further information please contact the director, James Suckling at jamessuckling@talk21.com or for any general questions, please contact the Artistic Director, Sue Moore at suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com.

 

We look forward to welcoming you!