Dashkova Centre

Russian Film Week: The Seagull

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre and Russian Film Week London, with informational support from Scotland-Russia Forum, proudly present:

The Seagull

Screening of Satirikon Theatre's performance of Anton Chekhov's play

Tickets (£9/£5) can be purchased in advance via eventbrite or in cash on the door.


Performance in Russian, with English subtitles

This critically acclaimed production of Chekhov's famous play is "not your grandmother's production" (Michele Berdy). Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity.

Praise for this production of The Seagull: "Butusov made it seem as though the play actually takes shape before our eyes on the stage of the Satirikon Theater. As if Chekhov words are being written, or rewritten, right there on the spot... You'll have to see this extraordinary production" (John Freedman)

Nov 25 2017 -

Russian Film Week: The Seagull

Screening of a performance of Chekhov's famous play in Russian with English subtitles, in a Satirikon Arkady Raikin Russian State Theatre production

Screening Room
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
50 George Square