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The Seagull cast. Photo by: Olivier Rosser.

The Seagull cast. Photo by: Olivier Rosser.

London Theatre News Today: Thursday 6 February

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 6 February 2020, Last Updated 7 February 2020

The Jamie Lloyd Company today announced the full casting for The Seagull.

Running at the Playhouse Theatre from 11 March to 30 May, the second production in the Playhouse season sees the previously announced Emilia Clarke (as Nina) joined by: Danny Ashok (as Medvedenko), Robert Glenister (as Sorin), Tom Rhys Harries (as Trigorin), Daniel Monks (as Konstantin), Tamzin Outhwaite (as Polina), Patrick Robinson (as Dorn), Seun Shote (as Shamrayev), Indira Varma (as Arkadina), and Sophie Wu (as Masha).

Anya Reiss’ unique modernisation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull follows the story of: a young woman desperate for fame and a way out; a young man pining after the woman of his dreams; a successful writer longing for a sense of achievement; and an actress wanting 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.

With the first production in the season, Cyrano De Bergerac, selling like hotcakes, you’ll definitely want to snap up tickets to see this unique production.

The Seagull cast. Photo by: Olivier Rosser.

If you’re looking to grab some last minute tickets to see a show, check out London’s favourite ghost story, The Woman In Black, which is in our New Year Sale (ending 13 February!) 

The Woman In Black tells the story of a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps, who is sent to complete the affairs of a recently deceased woman. Alone in the isolated Eel Marsh House, Arthur is completely unaware of the tragedy that lurkes in the dark corners of the house. Feeling a sense of unease, he soon catches sight of a wasted young woman dressed in black and decides to find out more about her. But with the locals turning silent, he realises he will be digging up her secret on his own. Years later, he recounts his experiences in a theatre, in a desperate bid to exorcise the ghosts of the past.

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. If you like the sound of this spooky show, check out the trailer below and grab your tickets now in our New Year Sale which ends on 13 February. 

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We caught a first look at The Taming Of The Shrew opening tomorrow in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Directed by Maria Gaitanidi and designed by Liam Bunster, this famous tale tells the story of Katharina and Bianca, the daughters of a rich man of Padua, who are ready to marry. The only rule is: the youngest can only be won if the eldest finds her equal. But with Katharina strong-willed and not afraid to challenge rules, who will be able to rival her? 

Playing until 18 April, this beautiful play features live music and song in the intimate setting of the candelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. To find out more information or book tickets, visit Shakespeare’s Globes’ website.

The English National Ballet’s (ENB) Nutcracker will return to the London Coliseum this year and tickets are now on sale!

With over 100 dancers and musicians to boot, English National Ballet’s magical Nutcracker will come to life this December.

Follow the story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll as they discover a magical world where they battle the Mouse King and meet a handsome stranger. Jumping into a hot air balloon, they take a ride across London to the beautiful Land of Snow where her adventures truly begin.

The English National Ballet’s Philharmonic will perform the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz Of The Flowers.  

This tradition festive favourite is a must in the London Calendar, having been performed by the ENB each year since 1950. Snap up those glittering tickets now and you’ll avoid the need for any panic Christmas Eve buys!

Nutcracker at the London Coliseum

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