Chekhov described his play in a letter to a friend: “A comedy, three women’s parts, six men’s, four acts, a landscape (view of a lake), a great deal of conversation about literature, little action, five tons of love.” It’s also one of the masterpieces of theatre about theatre, an exploration of how telling stories and coining symbols interacts with life. By turns elevated and scrappy, gorgeous and mundane, The Seagull is a vision of humanity enduring in the presence of eternity.

Benedict Andrews has been delivering a series of brilliant investigations of the essential human questions in a career spanning Europe and Australia. All the while he’s been yearning to make his way back to this cornerstone writer. Now he’s gathering a brilliant ensemble of actors including the great actress Judy Davis as the great actress Arkadina, for Chekhov’s splendid telling of LIFE.

The Seagull contains loud noises and (non-toxic) smoke and haze.


Emily Barclay
Bille Brown
Gareth Davies
Judy Davis
Maeve Dermody
John Gaden
Anita Hegh
Terry Serio
Thomas Unger
David Wenham
Dylan Young


Writer Anton Chekhov
in a version by Benedict Andrews
Director Benedict Andrews
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Stage Manager Bec Allen
Assistant Stage Manager Mel Dyer


This is a coolly incisive production full of sharp insights into our culture.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald

Davis is simply magnificent; wickedly, comically, tragically magnificent.

Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise

The cast is wonderful. Dylan Young and Maeve Dermody make the brightest and most enchantingly hopeless Konstantin and Nina that you could wish for.

John McCallum | The Australian

I really don’t think you can get better theatre-making than this.

James Waites | jameswaites.com

[Emily] Barclay just dazzles with a raw bruise-of-a-performance as the angry and angst-ridden Masha.

Jo Litson | The Sunday Telegraph