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Emilia Clarke will make her West End debut in The Seagull, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Emilia Clarke to make her West End debut in The Seagull

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 20 December 2019, Last Updated 8 January 2020

The Jamie Lloyd Company announced today that Emilia Clarke will make her West End debut in 2020 in Anya Reiss’ adaption of Chekov’s The Seagull

Following on from their critically-acclaimed production of Cyrano de Begerac, The Jamie Lloyd Company’s second show will play from 19 March until 30 May, completing the new season at the Playhouse Theatre in association with British Airways, which also includes A Doll’s House starring Jessica Chastain. 

The Game Of Thrones and Last Christmas star has been cast in the role of Nina in a production which brings Chekov’s 1985 play into modern-day. Follow the story of a young woman who is desperate for fame and a way out, a young man who is pining after the woman of his dreams, a successful writer longing for a sense of achievement, and an actress who 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.

Emilia Clarke will make her West End debut in The Seagull, directed by Jamie Lloyd.Emilia Clarke will make her West End debut in The Seagull, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Emilia Clarke, who trained at the Drama Centre in London, is mostly known for her television role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones which garnered her critical acclaim and several accolades, including three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.  

Besides starring in the smash-hit HBO series, Clarke also has a string of film credits to her name including: Spike Island, Dom Hemingway, Terminator: Genisys, Me Before You, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Last Christmas. Though this will be her debut in West End, the English actress took Broadway by storm in 2013 in her debut as the iconic Holly Golighty in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. 

Emilia Clarke at the Game of Thrones Season 8 World Premiere at Radio City Music Hall, April 3, 2019. Photo by Sachyn Mital.Emilia Clarke at the Game of Thrones Season 8 World Premiere at Radio City Music Hall, April 3, 2019. Photo by Sachyn Mital.

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.

Emilia Clarke said today, “I am over the moon to be playing Nina in Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of The Seagull. I’ve long been a fan of the singular vision he brings to each of his masterful productions and the way he approaches classical texts. We are so lucky to be working with Anya’s brilliant adaptation, as she brings a light touch of modernity to this beautifully crafted play. I cannot wait to get stuck in with these two visionaries.”

Anya Reiss added, “It’s a cliché, but the classics really do age and change with you, so I’m thrilled to get another chance to work on The Seagull. I’m even more excited to work with Jamie and Emilia.”

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world this year, we can’t wait to see Emilia smash it on the stage in 2020! Tickets are now sale, so don’t miss out.

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