Trudie Styler stars in Thomas Kilroy's adaptation of The Seagull
Thomas Kilroy's version of The Seagull is a dazzling reappraisal of Chekhov's first great comedy, a story of a distinguished actress and her passionate, lonely son. In the decline of Anglo-Irish estates and the emergence of the Land League, Kilroy unearths fascinating parallels to the shifts in Russian society that inform Chekhov's original. This acclaimed adaptation illuminates the play's universal themes while revealing new social and political angles. Called "the leading catalyst of British theatre's new writing and new talent since the mid-1970s," Max Stafford-Clark commissioned and directed the original production of The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre in 1981.