Guns, vodka & unrequited love in Simon Stephens’ The Seagull for Lyric Hammersmith

Unrequited love, creative jealousy, guns, vodka…..and art.

Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece, The Seagull, is given vibrant new life in a dynamic new version by Olivier-award winning playwright, Simon Stephens, for the Lyric Hammersmith this autumn.

Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound, The Seagull, directed by Sean Holmes and starring Lesley Sharp, forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love.

The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates this classic play.

Starring alongside Sharp is Adelayo Adedayo, Michele Austin, Paul Higgins, Cherrelle Skeete, Nicolas Tennant and Brian Vernel.

Adelayo Adedayo’s theatre credits include Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: Houdini & Doyle, Some Girls, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Skins, Gone Too Far, Sket, MI High and The Bill.

Michele Austin has appeared on stage in Medea and The Chain Play (Almeida); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The House That Will Not Stand and The Riots (Tricycle); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park) and Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint).

Her film and TV credits include: Secrets & Lies, Eastenders, The Coroner, The Casual Vacancy, Death In Paradise, Harry And Paul, Holby City, Peep Show, Silent Witness, Britannia High, Outnumbered, The Bill, Doctors and Gimme Gimme Gimme.

Paul Higgins theatre credits include: Macbeth (Almeida); Children of the Sun, An Enemy of the People, The Hare Trilogy (National Theatre ); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland); Measure for Measure (RSC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe).

His film and TV credits include: Line of Duty, Decline and Fall, The Thick of it, New Town, The Last Enemy, In The Loop and Red Road.

Cherrelle Skeete has appeared in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate, Northampton) and The Lion King (Lyceum). Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.

Nicolas Tennant stage credits include Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo); Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, King Lear, As You Like It and All’ s Well That Ends Well (RSC); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman/Chichester); The Power Of Yes (National Theatre); Dead Funny (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Film and TV credits include: Peaky Blinders, The Bill, Between the Lines, Oscar & Lucinda, Backbeat and Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic.

Brian Vernel has appeared in Barbarians (Young Vic); Macbeth, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre Of Scotland/Traverse /Oran Mor).

His film and TV credits include: Dunkirk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Tunnel, Dr Who, The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and The Field of Blood.

Lesley Sharp, who plays Irina Arkadina, has enjoyed an extensive stage and screen career. Her theatre credits include: A Taste of Honey, Mother Courage and her Children and Uncle Vanya (National Theatre); Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); Ghosts (Duchess); Little Voice (Vaudeville); A Family Affair (Donmar); Playing With Trains and Mary and Lizzie (RSC) and Summerfolk (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Her film and TV credits include: Three Girls, Scott & Bailey, Capital, Starlings, Cranford, Poirot, Moving On, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Afterlife, Vera Drake, The Full Monty, The Rachel Papers, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, The Love Child, Clocking Off, Great Expectations, Playing The Field and Common as Muck.

The Seagull runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from October 3 – November 4.

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