The Seagull

The Seagull

by in a new version by Christopher Hampton Anton Chekhov




When it opened in St Petersburg in 1896, The Seagull survived only five performances after a disastrous first night. Two years later it was revived by Nemirovich-Danchenko at the newly-founded Moscow Art Theatre, with Stanislavsky as Trigorin, and was an immediate success, changing for ever the nature and possibilities of drama. Chekhov's description of the play was characteristically self-mocking: 'A comedy - three f., six m., four acts, rural scenery (a view over a lake); much talk of literature, little action, five bushels of love'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822223450
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Pages: 57
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

The Plays for Performance series is edited by Nicholas Rudall, former artistic director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago where he is professor of classics, and Bernard Sahlins, founder and director of the Second City. They both live in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Anton Chekhov: 1860-1904v
The Seagull in contextxx
The seagull and the enchanted lakexxv
The play-within-the-playxxviii
Time and memory; youth and age; sleep and dreamxxxiii
Art and life; love and destructionxxxvi
Comedy or tragedy?xxxix
Problems of translationxli
Critical perspectivesxlvi
The Seagull in productionliv
Further Readinglxxvii
Translator's Introductionlxxix
A Note on the Translationxciii
Pronunciation of the Namesxcvii
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