Olivier Award winner Janie Dee plays Irina Arkadina in Chekhov’s The Seagull at Regents Park Open Air Theatre from June 19.
Torben Betts has written a new version of The Seagull, which is celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century.
As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a more entertaining drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.
Starring alongside her will be Sabrina Bartlett as Nina and Matthew Tennyson as Konstantin. They will be joined by Tara D’Arquian, Lisa Diveney, Tom Greaves, Colin Hoult, Fraser James, Lisa Palfrey, Ian Redford, Alex Robertson and Danny Webb.
The production runs from June 19 – July 11 and will be directed by Matthew Dunster.
Janie Dee has previously starred in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre productions including Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.
She appeared alongside Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit and, following The Seagull, will play the title role in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath.
Sabrina Bartlett recently starred as Keren Daniel in BBC1’s drama Poldark and appeared in BBC1’s Passing Bells.
Matthew Tennyson won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for Making Noise Quietly (Donmar).
Also in the 2015 season is a revival of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers with Alex Gaumond as Adam and Laura Pitt-Pulford as Milly, which runs from July 16.