Janie Dee, Sabrina Bartlett & Matthew Tennyson lead The Seagull

Janie Dee, Sabrina Bartlett & Matthew Tennyson lead The Seagull

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Lead casting has been confirmed for Chekhov's The Seagull, with Janie Dee, Sabrina Bartlett and Matthew Tennyson joining the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production.

    Returning to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre since appearing in productions including Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, Janie Dee will star as Irina Arkadina. Dee won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critic's Choice Awards for Best Actress for Alan Ayckbourn's Comic Potential which she performed in London and New York, and the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Carousel, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. She appeared alongside Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, and has just finished a run as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road (Salisbury Playhouse). She is currently in rehearsal for Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic and, following The Seagull, will play the title role in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath.

    Sabrina Bartlett will play Nina. Shecan currently be seen playing Keren Daniel in BBC1’s drama Poldark and recently starred in BBC1’s Passing Bells.

    Winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer for Making Noise Quietly (Donmar), Matthew Tennyson will play Konstantin.

    Running from 19 June until 11 July, The Seagull will be directed by Matthew Dunster. His directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Love Girl & The Innocent and You Can Still Make a Killing (Southwark Playhouse).  As a playwright, his play Children’s Children premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2012 and his re-imagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Most Incredible Thing, a collaboration with The Pet Shop Boys and choreographer Javier de Frutos, opened at Sadler’s Wells in 2011.

    As guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde open air play, artistic temperaments ignite a more entertaining drama behind the scenes, with romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of happiness confusing lives, loves and literature.

    Celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century, The Seagull will have set design by Jon Bausor, movement by Charlotte Broom, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, sound design by Christopher Shutt and casting by Julia Horan and Lotte Hines. Further casting is still to be confirmed.

    At the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre from 19 June to 11 July, book The Seagull tickets today!