Emilia Clarke goes from dragons to seagulls with the arrival of The Seagull next year.
Jamie Lloyd is arguably on the hottest streak in British theatre at the moment. Having delivered a masterful Pinter at the Pinter season, culminating with a Tom Hiddleston-led production of Betrayal, he’s since launched a well-received update of Evita (which will head to the Barbican in 2020), and a James McAvoy-starring Cyrano de Bergerac which currently has the critics swooning. News of his next project has arrived, and it’s another big ‘un, as Emilia Clarke is slated to lead a revival of The Seagull in March 2020.
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Taking the role of aspiring actress Nina, Clarke will make her West End debut on the boards of the Playhouse Theatre from March 11th, 2020, in fact taking over from Cyrano. She’ll be entangled in love triangles of Chekhov’s classic play, which was initially staged as a comedy before subsequent productions brought the tragic aspects to the forefront. The rest of the cast, including famed writer Trigorin, ageing actress Irina Arkadina, and struggling playwright Konstantin, are yet to be announced.
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General tickets have just gone on sale, and excitingly, The Jamie Lloyd Company will be releasing 15,000 free tickets for first-time theatregoers (through private invites, unfortunately) as well as 15,000 tickets at £15 for under-30s, those on government benefits, and workers in key industries. Please note that you won’t see any dragons this time…
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