Sara Keating on theatre: The Seagull revival takes wing in Hynes’s sight

Garry Hynes’s masterful revival of Thomas Kilroy’s take on a Chekhov classic benefits from a stunning setting in Coole Park in Co Galway

14th August, 2021
Sara Keating on theatre: The Seagull revival takes wing in Hynes’s sight
Jack Gleeson and Eileen Walsh in Thomas Kilroy's The Seagull, directed by Garry Hynes. Picture: Ste Murray

At the opening of Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play The Seagull, a group of disaffected down-at-heel Russian gentlefolk are waiting for a play to begin. In Thomas Kilroy’s lucid version from 1981, the struggling gentry are from an Anglo-Irish family, who have retreated to their country estate from various centres of colonial rule to recuperate from life’s incessant pressures.

Despite the overt theatrical set-up, all the drama in this compelling play about...

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