The Seagull (London)
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The Seagull (London)
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The Seagull (London) London Reviews and Tickets

64%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
53%
Mixed
27%
Negative
20%
Members say
Great acting, Clever, Slow, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the Show

Chekhov drama starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) in her West End debut.

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Member Reviews (66)

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Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
69
Overrated, Bland, Great acting, Boring, Ambitious

See it if you like boring AF “classics.” The cast is good but the material isn’t.

Don't see it if you hate being bored. Read more

117 Reviews | 9 Followers
55
Ambitious, Confusing, Self-indulgent

See it if You want to see a classic play. I appreciated the writing and the acting was good.

Don't see it if I found the production to be a hinderance to enjoying the play. A little too obscure.

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
60
Great acting, Slow

See it if you want a slow (almost painfully in places) adaptation of a classic, that is entirely carried by some great acting performances.

Don't see it if you don't like interpretations of classic works, or if you want a more satisfying and less gimmicky production.

74 Reviews | 6 Followers
71
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you love the classics

Don't see it if you want big stage productions

44 Reviews | 2 Followers
52
Dated, Banal

See it if you want some serviceable but boring performances or you want an expensive nap

Don't see it if you'd rather see something interesting

43 Reviews | 1 Follower
70
Slow, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like Jamie Lloyd productions and want to see some great acting (Indira Varma in particular!)

Don't see it if You want a fast paced play with details staging. This play has a very minimal set and can be very slow at times.

25 Reviews | 0 Followers
60
Modern, Different, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if Some excellent acting performances

Don't see it if It’s quite slow

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Tragic, Romantic, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want to see great acting, with an great heartbreaking story, good comedy, and don't mind minimalism in theatre staging

Don't see it if you want something flashy, happy, or fun

Critic Reviews (10)

Time Out London
July 8th, 2022

"If you’re open to a show that makes noise quietly and thinks deeply, this ‘Seagull’ really flies."
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 7th, 2022

"In so far as they go, constrained by a directorial conceit so sparing it’s distractingly ostentatious, I can’t fault the cast, but they yield little that couldn’t be obtained in more traditional, pleasure-giving Chekhov."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 8th, 2022

"Sometimes it does feel like we are watching The Seagull With Zombies – mannered, frustrating, both too drawn and drawled out. But it never stops fascinating and in the scenes that work best, this show is brave, compelling and powerful..."
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The Times (UK)
July 8th, 2022

"Emilia Clarke ... turns in a perfectly fine performance as the elfin young woman bewitched by the idea of making a career on the stage ... The piece as a whole, though, proves as overwrought as Konstantin’s aborted play."
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The London Evening Standard
July 8th, 2022

"There’s something jarring about watching an actor deliver a bravura performance surrounded by the bored faces of their fellow cast members: it’s a poignant reminder that even the most moving work of art will leave some people cold."
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The Stage (UK)
July 7th, 2022

"Making her official West End debut, Emilia Clarke captivates as aspiring ingénue Nina, full of warmth and unguarded naivety when the play begins, but hardening around an icy core of deep disappointment by the time the final act rolls around."
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WhatsOnStage
July 8th, 2022

"Its stripped back staging and threadbare aesthetic are a carefully calculated choice to amplify the profundity and tenacity of Anya Reiss' feisty, contemporary translation... the phenomenal acting performances of this universally brilliant company are what endures."
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The Independent (UK)
July 8th, 2022

"The staging is determinedly spare – just plastic chairs, chipboard walls. The actors are mic-ed up and barefoot, wearing comfy, floaty clothes. ... But where that show swaggered, using spoken word to bring electricity to the source material, this one feels too static – almost like a radio play."
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