Will Royal Court's The Seagull Come to Broadway?

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Ian Rickson's production of Chekhov's The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas, which just finished up at London's Royal Court, is considering a 2008 Broadway run, according to Variety.

The production, which features a new translation by playwright Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Philanthropist), is the final play to be directed by Rickson as the Court's artistic director. It ran earlier this year from January to March, and has determined that it will not play the West End.

Scott Thomas was previously seen on the London stage in Jonathan Kent's 2005 production of Pirandello's As You Desire Me. The movie star ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," "The Horse Whisperer," "Gosford Park" and "The English Patient") made her London stage debut in 2003 as Masha in Chekhov's Three Sisters.

In The Seagull at the Royal Court, Scott Thomas played Arkadina and was joined by Mackenzie Crook as her angst-ridden son Konstantin. Crook is best known in Britain from television's "The Office" and internationally from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

The cast also featured Katherine Parkinson (Other Hands) and Chiwetel Eijiofor, who is internationally best known for such movies as "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Love Actually." Stage credits include Blue/Orange and Peer Gynt at the National.

Rickson's farewell production, the last in the Royal Court's 50th anniversary season, was designed by Hildegard Bechtler.

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