The Seagull Today.
The programme of Tampere Theatre Festival presents powerful adaptations of classic works. Under the headline Classics Now, the performances reflect on the current state of affairs through texts from past generations. Anton Chekhov's timeless The Seagull is directed by the Lithuanian Yana Ross. Along with her Reykjavikian – and partly Finnish, as Aina Bergroth was party to the dramatization – crew, Ross molds The Seagull into a modern depiction of art, love and lack of it, and life itself.
”Comedy, three women, six men, four episodes, scenery (with a view over a lake), lots of talk about literature, little happens, bunch of love” – this is Ross's simple but delicious recipe, with Iceland's finest actors serving as a cherry on top.
The performance premiered in Reykjavik last fall, receiving praises from critics:
”One of this winter's most memorable performances.”
”Magnificent performance, brilliant ensemble, exciting director.”
”The musical inserts are extremely memorable.”
Chekhov wrote The Seagull in 1895.
Yana Ross's direction of another Chekhov classic, Uncle Vanya, ran at Tampere Theatre Festival in 2015.
The Seagull on the Main Stage of Tampereen Työväen Teatteri on Friday 5.8. and Saturday 6.8.