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The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
directed by Susan Conte

The Seagull

As summer guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde play, artistic temperaments ignite to reveal a more entertaining drama behind the scenes. Romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of personal happiness take centre stage in The Seagull, the first of Chekhov's great works.

Torben Betts has created a radically funny new version of this classic and the play becomes a fresh, free-flying adaptation. It will break your heart but rock you with laughter.

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Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 April 2017
Performances at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday 3p.m. • Wednesday 26th - no performance

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  2. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  3. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  4. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  5. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  6. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  7. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  8. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  9. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  10. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  11. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  12. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  13. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  14. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  15. Collaborators - John Hodge
  16. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  17. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  18. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  19. The White Devil - John Webster
  20. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  21. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  22. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  23. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  24. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  25. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  26. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  27. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  28. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  29. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  30. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  31. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  32. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  33. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  34. Othello - William Shakespeare
  35. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  36. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  37. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  38. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  39. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  40. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  41. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  42. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  43. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  44. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  45. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  46. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  47. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  48. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  49. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  50. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  51. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  52. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  53. In the Club - Richard Bean
  54. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  55. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  56. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  57. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  58. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  59. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  60. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  61. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  62. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  63. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  64. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  65. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  66. King John - William Shakespeare
  67. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  68. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  69. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  70. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  71. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  72. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  73. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  74. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  75. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  76. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  77. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  78. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  79. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  80. Iron - Rona Munro
  81. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  82. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  83. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  84. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  85. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  86. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  87. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  88. Harvey - Mary Chase
  89. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  90. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
  91. Henry V - William Shakespeare
  92. Arabian Nights - adapted by Dominic Cooke
  93. Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright
  94. The Real Thing - Tom Stoppard
  95. Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“What is decreed must be” Twelfth Night, Act i, Sc.5