The Jamie Lloyd Company has announced that Emilia Clarke is to make her West End debut as Nina in Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, completing the new season at the Playhouse Theatre. The production opens on 19 March 2020, with previews from 11 March, and runs until 30 May.
The season, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opened this month with the critically-acclaimed production of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, freely adapted by Martin Crimp and starring James McAvoy – running until 29 February 2020; and closes with Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, in a version by Frank McGuinness with Jessica Chastain which opens on 18 June, with previews from 10 June and running until 5 September. The production has a design by Soutra Gilmour. Further cast and creative team to be announced.
As part of its continued commitment to audience development, The Jamie Lloyd Company, supported by British Airways, is offering 15,000 free tickets to first time theatre-goers and 15,000 £15 tickets for under 30s, key workers and those receiving job seeker’s allowance and other government benefits across the season.
Emilia 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 added: “It’s a cliché, but the classics really do age and change with you, so I’m thrilled to get another chance to work on The Seagull. I’m even more excited to work with Jamie and Emilia.”
Emilia Clarke plays Nina. Her theatre credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Cort Theatre, New York). Her television credits include as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones; and for film, Spike Island, Dom Hemingway, Terminator: Genisys, Me Before You, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Last Christmas.