The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). First produced and failed at the Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg in 1896. Revived and a success when performed by the Moscow Art Theatre a while later.
Performance history in South Africa
First South African performance in 19** by **. Play used for the opening performance in the Little Theatre, Cape Town, directed by W.A. Sewell with students and staff of the South African College of Music on 18 August 1931.
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov: Performed in 1941 by The Johannesburg Reps starring Taubie Kushlick. Other productions by the Johannesburg Reps (with Taubie Kushlick as Madame Arkadina, 1941/1945 - ?* Tucker, 1997?**), ***,
The Seagull , Chekov. Standard Theatre, Jhb, 1945. Produced by Margaret Lassner, Johannesburg Repertory Society. Taubie Kushlick, Rognvald Gibsen, David Goldblatt, Christina Jaures, Fred Loehnen, Jocelyn de Bruyn, Norman Torry.
The Company (directed by Barney Simon for the “unofficial opening” of the Market Theatre 21 June, 1976) , This play was staged again by Barney Simon at Upstairs at the Market on 21 June 1976 starring Erica Rogers, Vanessa Cooke, Sandra Prinsloo, Bill Brewer, Marius Weyers, Danny Keogh, Lindsay Reardon and Bess Finney.
Presented by CAPAB at the Nico Malan Theatre, directed and designed by Marthinus Basson, assited as director by Mark Hoeben, opening 22 May 1987. Lighting by Malcolm Hurrell. The cast: Diane Wilson (Arkadina), Lionel Newton (Trepliov), Paul Malherbe (Sorin), Pauline O'Kelly (Zaryechnaia), Ronald France (Shamrayev), Mary Dreyer (Polena Andryeevna), Claire Berlein (Masha), David Dennis (Trigorin), André Roothman (Dorn), Mark Graham (Medviedenko), Mark Hoeben (Yakov) and others.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English by Elisaveta Fen.
Translated into Afrikaans as Die seemeeu : 'n komedie in vier bedrywe by André P. Brink. Published by Human & Rousseau, c1972 and first produced by ** in 19**. Other productions directed by **, **,** Presented by the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department at the H.B. Thom Theatre in November 1996, directed by Shirley Johnston, starring Nicole Holm, Nico Dreyer, Paul du Toit, Leanna Dreyer, Paul van Wyk, Keith Bain, Martelize Kolver, Amelda Brand, Gaerin Hauptfleisch, Jaco Bouwer, Hugo Theart, Albert Snyman.
A translation into Afrikaans, Die Seemeeu, by Robert Mohr was directed by Mohr for PACT in August 1972. The play was performed in the Breytenbach Theatre and the cast included Wilna Snyman, Don Lamprecht, Carel Trichardt, Sandra Prinsloo, Wilma Stockenström, Katinka Heyns, Marius Weyers, Louis van Niekerk, Marko van der Colff, David Eppel, Karin van Wyk and George Ballot. Decor by Richard Cook and costumes by Tom Owen.
2015: Produced in Afrikaans as Die Seemeeu by **, directed by Christiaan Olwagen, with Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Gerben Kamper, Alyzzander Fourie, Deon Lotz, Rolanda Marais, Martelize Kolver, Albert Pretorius, Geon Nel and Cintaine Schutte. Opened
South African Opinion, 2(4):23, 1945.
PACT Newsletter, June 1972.
The Seagull theatre programme 1987.
H B Thom Theatre programme, 1996
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