Opened 27 Nov 2007
Written: Anton Chekhov
Directed: Trevor Nunn
Produced: Royal Shakespeare Company
Cast: Ian McKellen and William Gaunt will share the role of Sorin; Frances Barber (Arkadina)
Synopsis: Entwines comic and tragic situations in the lives of a famous actress, her son and their lovers. As the young strive for fulfilment, their older counterparts look back to youthful dreams that remain unfulfilled.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Nunn's production is hampered by monotonous langour, conceptual vagueness and melodramatic pointing." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Trevor Nunn's production is a mixed bag: strong at the margins, fallible at the centre and, at three hours 20 minutes, desperately long." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Impressive...But, in the final analysis...just miss true greatness." GERALD BERKOWITZ for THE STAGE says, "Excellent production."BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Frances Barber...giving a deeper performance than at Stratford."
Production photo by Manuel Harlan