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About The Seagull

The Seagull was one of the four most important plays by Anton Chekhov. Born in 1860 in Taganrog, Russia, Chekhov was the grandson of a serf. As a teenager, he wrote funny stories for his magazine, Zaika. Chekhov started medical school in Moscow in 1879 and began to publish short stories. His first play, Ivanov, was performed in 1887, and he won the Pushkin Prize the following year. He died of tuberculosis in 1904, but he had a huge impact on the world of theatre. Chekhov's plays were innovative since the drama occurred in the dialogue rather than in the action. A master of characterization, Chekhov wrote about ordinary people. Also a doctor, he practiced medicine and wrote plays at the same time. One of the greatest short story writers in history, Chekhov pioneered innovative techniques such as stream of consciousness. And in the world of theatre, people love plays by Anton Chekhov such as The Seagull.

Anton Chekhov wrote The Seagull in 1895. The first performance of The Seagull occurred in Petersburg in 1896. Opening night was a failure, and Chekhov was so disappointed that he left the theatre before the play ended. The audience was angry because of false advertising. Evidently, ads focused on a famous actress who only played a minor role in the show. Fans expected to see her in a starring role and were displeased. But after that night, other people enjoyed The Seagull and the play was a success. The play focuses on characterization, while most of the dramatic events take place off stage and between acts. Chekhov focuses on the characters' reactions to the events rather than plot points themselves. In this way, The Seagull explores the inner world.

The Seagull stars four characters. The young actress Nina, the older diva Irina Arkadina, her son Konstantin Treplyov the playwright, and the writer Trigorin are seeking success, love, or inspiration. But happiness remains elusive. The play takes place in the Russian countryside during the late 19th century, on an estate near a lake. Romantic triangles torment the characters, as no one loves the right person for the right reasons. In Act II, Treplyov shoots a seagull and gives it to Nina. This gives Trigorin the idea for a story, and he says, "A young girl lives all her life on the shore of a lake. She loves the lake, like a seagull, and she's happy and free, like a seagull. But a man arrives by chance, and when he sees her, he destroys her, out of sheer boredom. Like this seagull." The Seagull is both a tragedy and a comedy. The play employs satire that makes fun of human nature, and the theme is unrequited love. The Seagull shows sell out quickly! So get your cheap The Seagull tickets at TicketNetwork now.

The Seagull Resources


The Seagull on Wikipedia
About Anton Chekhov
SparkNotes About The Seagull

The Seagull - Trivia


  • The Seagull alludes to Shakespeare's Hamlet in several ways, such as using a play within a play.
  • On opening night of the first production of The Seagull, the actress playing Nina, Vera Komissarzhevskaya, lost her voice.
  • When Chekhov wrote The Seagull, he lived in a lodge that was often buried in snow drifts as tall as a person during the winter.

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