Rickson's production of The Seagull, which played a January-March 2007 run at London's Royal Court, features a new translation penned by playwright Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Philanthropist).
Thomas reprises her Olivier Award-winning performance as grand actress and mother Arkadina for New York audiences. She is joined onstage by Sarsgaard, who is also making his Broadway debut, as Trigorin. The cast also features members of the original Royal Court Theatre cast, including Mackenzie Crook (of the British series "The Office") as novice writer-director Konstantin (Arkadina's son), Art Malik as Dorn, Carey Mulligan as young actress Nina, Pearce Quigley as Medvedenko, Peter Wight as Sorin, Christopher Patrick Nolan as Yakov and Mary Rose as the Maid with Zoe Kazan as Masha, Ann Dowd as Polina and Julian Gamble as Shamrayev.
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Chekhov wrote The Seagull in 1895. The classic play, according to production notes, concerns "the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of actors, writers and artists gathered on a Russian estate." The production features designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Ian Dickinson and music by Stephen Warbeck. Thomas won the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Arkadina in The Seagull. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in "The English Patient" and has also been seen in "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Gosford Park," "Random Hearts," "Life as a House," "The Horse Whisperer," "Angels and Insects," "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "The Walker" as well as the upcoming ""Easy Virtue," "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "I've Loved You So Long."
Peter Sarsgaard made his screen debut in "Dead Man Walking" and has since appeared in "Kinsey," "Shattered Glass" (National Society of Film Critics Award), "Garden State," "Boys Don't Cry," "Rendition," "The Dying Gaul," "Jarhead," "The Skeleton Key," "Flightplan," "Year of the Dog" and the upcoming "In the Electric Mist," "Orphan," "Elegy," "An Education" and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." He trained at the Actor's Studio and appeared Off-Broadway in Signature Theatre's production of Burn This and Laura Dennis and Drama Dept.'s Kingdom of Earth.
The Seagull is produced on Broadway by Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Boyett, Robert G. Bartner, Dede Harris, Norman & Steven Tulchin, Fox Theatricals, Dena Hammerstein, Sharon Karmazin, Olympus Theatricals, Spring Sirkin, Tara Smith, Morton Swinsky, Karl Sydow, The Weinstein Company, Falkenstein/deRoy, Florin/Hirschhorn and Gutterman/McGinnis.
Show times are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. There will be an extra performance Sunday, Oct. 5 at 8 PM.
The Walter Kerr Theatre is located in Manhattan at 219 West 48th Street.
Tickets, priced $41-$110 with premium seats available for $252, can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.