The Seagull – Rehearsal images

The Jamie Lloyd Company, the successful partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, announces the full cast for Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Joining the previously announced Emilia Clarke (Nina) to complete the cast are Danny Ashok (Medvedenko), Robert Glenister (Sorin), Tom Rhys Harries (Trigorin), Daniel Monks (Konstantin), Tamzin Outhwaite (Polina), Patrick Robinson (Dorn), Seun Shote (Shamrayev), Indira Varma (Arkadina), and Sophie Wu (Masha). The production opens at Playhouse Theatre on 19 March, with previews from 11 March, and runs until 30 May.

The Seagull is the second production in the Playhouse season, in association with British Airways, which opened last year with the critically acclaimed production of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, in a new version by Martin Crimp and starring James McAvoy – running until 29 February 2020; and closes with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, in a version by Frank McGuinness with Jessica Chastain, which opens on 18 June, with previews from 10 June and runs until 5 September 2020. 

As part of its continued commitment to audience development, The Jamie Lloyd Company, supported by British Airways, are offering 15,000 free tickets to first time theatre-goers and 15,000 £15 tickets for under 30s, key workers and those receiving job seeker’s allowance and other government benefits across the season.

‘We need the theatre, couldn’t, couldn’t do without it. Could we?’   

A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside where dreams are in tatters, hopes dashed, hearts broken and there is nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.

Anya Reiss’ playwriting credits include Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Uncle Vanya (St James’ Theatre), Spring Awakening (UK tour), Three Sisters (Southwark Playhouse), and The Acid Test and Spur of the Moment (Royal Court Theatre); and as screenwriter her credits include Ackley Bridge and EastEnders.

Danny Ashok plays Medvedenko. His theatre credits include Alys, Always (Bridge Theatre), Guards at the Taj, Zaida and Aadam (Bush Theatre), Disgraced (Bush Theatre/Lyceum Theatre, Broadway), The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court Theatre), The Royal Duchess Superstore (The Broadway Theatre), Small Fish Big Cheese (Unicorn Theatre), Henry IV (Theatre Royal Bath) and Blood and Gifts (National Theatre). His television credits include C.B. Strike, Cobra, Deep Water, Capital, Chasing Shadows, Silk, The Dumping Ground and The Tower; and for film, Dark Justice, Finding Fatimah and Four Lions.

Emilia Clarke plays Nina. Her theatre credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Cort Theatre, New York). Her television credits include as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones; and for film, Spike Island, Dom Hemingway, Terminator: Genisys, Me Before You, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Last Christmas.

Robert Glenister plays Sorin. His theatre credits for the company include Moonlight/Night School (Pinter at the Pinter, Harold Pinter Theatre). Other theatre credits include Alys Always (Bridge Theatre), Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre), Great Britain, Never So Good, Blue Remembered Hills (National Theatre), Noises Off (The Old Vic/Novello Theatre), The Late Middle Classes (Donmar Warehouse), Hedda Gabler (Theatre Royal Bath), The Winterling (Royal Court Theatre), Uncle Vanya (Royal Exchange Theatre), Measure for Measure, The Tempest, The Spanish Tragedy, Little Eyolf (RSC), According to Hoyle (Hampstead Theatre), Hamlet (Sheffield Theatres) and Tango at the End of Winter (Piccadilly Theatre). His television credits include C.B. Strike, Curfew, Cold Feet, Close to the Enemy, Paranoid, Code of a Killer, The Cafe, Hustle, We’ll Take Manhattan, Legless, Spooks, Between the Sheets, Dirty Work, Soldier Soldier, Chancer and Sink or Swim; and for film The Aeronauts, Journey’s End, Live by Night, Cryptic, Creation and The Secret Rapture.

Tom Rhys Harries plays Trigorin. His theatre credits include Tumulus (VAULT Festival), The Pitchfork Disney (Shoreditch Town Hall), Dedication (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), Creditors (Young Vic), Four Play (The Old Vic), Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre), The History Boys (Sheffield Theatres) and Torch Song Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory). His television credits include Britannia, 15 Days, Merched Parchus, Unforgotten, Chewing Gum, Hinterland, Jekyll and Hyde, Under Milk Wood, If I Don’t Come Home: Letters from D-Day, Parade’s End and the forthcoming White Lines for Netflix; and for film, The Gentlemen, Slaughterhouse Rulez, Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire, Crow, Hot Property, Iron Clad: Battle for Blood and Hunky Dory.

Daniel Monks plays Konstantin. His theatre credits include Teenage Dick (Donmar Warehouse), Lord of the Flies (Sydney Theatre Company) and The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man (Malthouse Theatre, Sydney – for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award and Green Room Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play). For film, he wrote, produced, edited and starred in Pulse – which won the Busan Bank Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2017 and for which he was nominated for the Australian Academy Award (AACTA) for Best Lead Actor in a Film. He is an Ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and in 2018, he was named the Ambassador for People with Disabilities Australia at the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. 

Tamzin Outhwaite plays Polina. Her theatre credits include Stepping Out (Theatre Royal Bath/Vaudeville Theatre), How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Di & Viv & Rose (Hampstead Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), Breeders (St James Theatre), Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory/Theatre Royal Haymarket), Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre), Breathing Corpses, Flesh Wound (Royal Court Theatre), Oliver (London Palladium), Grease (UK tour/Dominion Theatre), Carousel (National Theatre) and Radio Times (Birmingham Rep/The Queen’s Theatre). Her television credits include as series regular Melanie Owen in EastEnders, Josh, New Tricks, Paradox, The Fixer, Vital Signs, Hotel Babylon, Walk Away and I Stumble, Frances Tuesday, When I’m Sixty-Four, Red Cap, Final Demand and Out of Control; and for film, Great Expectations, Radio Cape Cod, Cassandra’s Dream and Backwaters.

Patrick Robinson plays Dorn. His theatre credits include Macbeth (National Theatre/UK tour), Baskerville (Liverpool Everyman Theatre), King Lear, Merchant of Venice (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Rover, King John (RSC), Shawshank Redemption (UK tour), Waiting for Godot (West Yorkshire Playhouse), War Horse (New London Theatre), Rough Crossings (Headlong), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC/Novello Theatre), Gem of the Ocean (Tricycle Theatre), Macbeth (international tour), Festen (Almeida Theatre/Lyric Theatre), Guantanamo (Tricycle Theatre/Ambassadors Theatre), Mappa Mundi (National Theatre), and Dangerous Corner (Garrick Theatre). His television credits include as series regulars Ash in Casualty and DC Jacob Banks in The Bill. Other television credits include Mount Pleasant, Him, Daylight Robbery, A Many Splintered Thing, Pig Heart Boy and The Man.

Seun Shote plays Shamrayev. His theatre credits for the company include Cyrano de Bergerac (Playhouse Theatre). Other theatre credits include The Princess and The Hustler, Egusi Soup, Our Country’s Good, Mother Courage and Her Children (UK tours), Pitchfork Disney (Shoreditch Town Hall), Bob, Routes (Royal Court Theatre), Hearing Things (Albany Theatre), City of God, (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Play Mas (Orange Tree Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors, Death and the Kings Horseman (National Theatre), 12th Night (Nottingham Playhouse), Salome (Headlong Theatre), Sizwe Bansi is Dead (New Vic Theatre/Stephen Joseph Theatre), The Fortune Club (Tricycle Theatre/Leicester Haymarket) and Off Camera (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His television credits include Black Mirror, Unforgotten, Birds of a FeatherOne ChildLittle Miss Jocelyn and Little Britain; and for film, Bruno and Welcome to the Punch.

Indira Varma plays Arkadina. Her theatre credits for the company include The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre credits include The Treatment, Five Gold Rings (Almeida Theatre), Man and Superman, Ivanov, Remembrance of Things Past, Othello (National Theatre), Tiger County (Hampstead Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Dance of Death (Donmar Trafalgar), Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse/Wyndham’s Theatre), The Vortex, Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse), Ingredient X, The Vertical Hour, The Country (Royal Court Theatre), Hysteria (Theatre Royal Bath), The Skin of Our Teeth (Young Vic), Celebration (Almeida Theatre/Lincoln Centre/Harold Pinter Theatre). Her television credits include as series regular Ellaria Sand in Game of Thrones and as Zoe Luther in Luther. Her other television work includes This Way Up, Carnival Row, Patrick Melrose, Paranoid, What Remains, Silk, Remains, Rome and Indian Summer; and for film, Close, Official Secrets, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Una and Basic Instinct 2.

Sophie Wu plays Masha. Her theatre credits include Vassa (Almeida Theatre), Sketching (Wilton’s Music Hall), Shopping and F**king (Hammersmith Apollo), The Callous Corruption of Wesley McBunion (Paines Plough), Punk Rock (Royal Exchange Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith), The Wood Orchid (Bush Theatre,) and The Table (National Theatre). Her television credits include New Blood, Babylon, The Midnight Beast, Fresh Meat, Black Mirror, The Fades; and for film, Wild Child, Tormented, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 and Tonight You’re Mine.

Jamie Lloyd directs. His credits as Artistic Director of the company include Cyrano de Bergerac (Playhouse Theatre), Betrayal (Harold Pinter Theatre/Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, Broadway), One For The RoadThe New World OrderMountain LanguageThe LoverThe CollectionLandscapeA Kind of AlaskaMonologueParty TimeCelebrationA Slight AcheThe Dumb Waiter (Pinter at the Pinter, Harold Pinter Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Duke of York’s Theatre), The MaidsThe HomecomingThe Ruling ClassRichard IIIThe PrideThe HothouseMacbeth (Trafalgar Studios). Other theatre credits include Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Evening Standard Award for Best Musical).

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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