Written by Anton Chekov
Adapted and Directed by Trevor Nunn
Ian McKellen in the role of Sorin
Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, followed by World Tour
 17 April 2007 - 12 January 2008

"As good as theatre gets." — Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

"Frances Barber, mesmerizing in 'King Lear' for the reptilian sheen she brings to the king's evil daughter Goneril, attacks Arkadina with no less relish. Slim and sleek and in complete command of a well-trained vocal instrument that snaps to attention when called, Barber knows no fear when playing Arkadina's theatrical tantrums. And her darting eyes are something to watch when she senses the wandering attention of someone in her captive family audience." — Marilyn Stasio, Variety

"The supporting performances reach superlative heights: Ian McKellen sports weird, wild hair and beard as Arkadina's dying brother, Sorin, who gently laments his wasted life." — Nicholas de Jongh, The Evening Standard

"McKellen delivers an exquisitely funny performance as Sorin." — Paul Taylor, The Independent

"His touchingly benign turn as Arkadina's elderly brother Sorin, one of the play's more overlooked roles, is proof once and for all that there are no small parts. " — David Benedict, Variety 

"McKellen, is an amazingly delicate fading old codger. " — Susannah Clapp, Sunday Observer

"McKellen looks as if he is having the time of his life." — Matt Wolf, Bloomberg

"Nunn is deft enough to find the humour, sometimes overlooked in English productions (pace Mitchell), with a relaxed and enjoyable turn from McKellen as Sorin. On the other hand, it also finds pain and pathos, most notably in the reunion between Konstantin and Nina - a genuinely moving performance by Romola Garai." — Pete Wood, What's on Stage

"Frances Barber reminds us that Arkadina is a woman who never stops acting, even when solictiously binding her son's wound, or screaming intemperately at her recalcitrant steward. Even better is Ian McKellen, who buoyantly plays her brother, Sorin, as a shaggy-haired eccentric who dramatises his own misfortunes: even when he confesses that, as a youth, he looked like "a homeless alcoholic" it is with the air of someone conscious of the effect he is making. " — Michael Billington, The Guardian

 In repertory with
King Lear

Stratford-upon Avon
Courtyard Theatre
17 April - 23 June 2007

Theatre Royal
3 - 7 July 2007

The Esplanade
19 - 22 July 2007

Arts Centre
28 July - 5 August 2007

St. James Theatre
12 August - 14 August 2007

ASB Theatre
19 August - 26 August 2007

New York
7 - 29 September 2007

Guthrie Theater
6 - 13 October 2007

Los Angeles
Royce Hall

20 - 28 October 2007

New London Theatre
21 November 2007 - 12 January 2008


Ian McKellen as Sorin in The Seagull. Photo by Keith Stern

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