Emilia Clarke in Chekhov’s Seagull

“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke is to make her West End debut in the new production of Anton Chekhov’s play “The Seagull”.

“The Seagull” is Jamie Lloyd’s third production for this West End season. It is announced to run at the Playhouse Theatre.

The season began with the critically acclaimed “Cyrano de Bergerac” starring James McAvoy, and a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “Doll’s House” with Jessica Chastain playing the lead character Nora.

In this adaptation by Anya Reiss, Clarke will play Nina, and the 1895 play will be brought into the modern world.

Emilia Clarke is a British actress who is best known for her role of Daenerys Targaryen in the cult HBO TV show “The Game of Thrones”. Clarke was educated in Drama Centre London and appeared in the Broadway production of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 2013. Now she’s making her first appearance on the West End stage of London.

Clarke said: “I am over the moon to be playing Nina in Jamie Lloyd’s interpretation of The Seagull. I’ve long been a fan of the singular vision he brings to each of his masterful productions and the way he approaches classical texts. We are so lucky to be working with Anya’s brilliant adaptation, as she brings a light touch of modernity to this beautifully crafted play. I cannot wait to get stuck in with these two visionaries.”

Anya Reiss, who adapted Chekhov’s “The Seagull” for Lloyd’s production, has previously staged it at the Southwark Playhouse, with Lily James playing Nina’s part. In 2012 she adapted “Three Sisters” and worked on the production of the St James’ “Uncle Vanya”. Her debut play “Spur of the Moment” won the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards for the Most Promising Playwright. Reiss is known for bringing the classic characters into the modern world, and her love and understanding of Chekhov’s plays guarantee a very special production.

The Seagull opens on 11 March and runs until 30 May at the Playhouse theatre.


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