Tag Archives: The Seagull

The Dazzle

Found111, Charing Cross Road, London (****)

© Marc Brenner

© Marc Brenner

Anything these days involving Andrew Scott is bound to draw the crowds. Sherlock’s Moriarty on the BBC, Bond’s nemesis (one of them) in Spectre, ever since he first appeared in a clutch of fringe productions (my first viewing of him was around 2004 in the Royal Court’s A Girl in a Car with Man), he commands attention. There’s something dangerously unnerving about him, even in his vulnerable moments. Continue reading

Young Chekhov (the Birth of a Genius)

Chichester Festival Theatres (**** overall, *** The Seagull)

© Johan Persson

© Johan Persson

How do you like your Chekhov? Do you even like Chekhov? Is he sacrosanct or ripe for parody and rehashing? Lord knows he’s been taken apart over the years, re-constructed (famously the American avant garde Wooster Group with Brace Up!, their deconstructed version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters) and put back together again. Like Shakespeare, debates rage around his texts, none more so than the early play of Platonov (pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable apparently) and Ivanov, the latter his first full length play and typically not a success on its first showing. Continue reading