Last night, Emilia Clarke made her West End debut in a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Playhouse Theater in London. Reviews have yet to come out, but we do have images from opening night, which looks like it was a big success!
Clarke plays Nina, a young woman desperate to become an actress so she can escape an isolated life in the Russian countryside. She gets her shot courtesy of Konstantin (Daniel Monks), a young playwright and the son of a famous actor, played by fellow Game of Thrones veteran Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand). Another major character is the middlebrow writer Boris Trigorin (Tom Rhys Harries). The subtext-rich play explores the romantic and artistic relationships between these characters, and is considered one of Chekhov’s major works. It’s legit stuff.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Clarke and company can’t have fun with it. Below, they chat about what it’s like working with director Jamie Lloyd:
Here she is with Monks during rehearsal:
Below, Emilia Clarke, serious actor, prepares the tread the boards:
Take a bow, everyone!
Reactions from people there seem very positive:
Applause all around!
The Seagull is currently in previews, so expect it to get even better the more the cast works out the kinks. Unfortunately, one of those kinks is the danger involved in gathering in public spaces while the Coronavirus spreads throughout the world. At the moment, the show is taking precautions by nixing photos and autographs with the cast. Hopefully that’s as far as it’ll have to get.
If all goes well, The Seagull will run at the Playhouse Theater through May 20. Get your tickets here.