An Emilia Clarke-fronted production of “The Seagull” and the Jessica Chastain-starring “A Doll’s House” have been postponed, though both actors are to return for rescheduled dates.
Producer The Jamie Lloyd Company — a partnership between Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and artistic director Jamie Lloyd — revealed Thursday that due to the ongoing lockdown for all U.K. theater venues, Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull“ and Frank McGuinness’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” are now postponed indefinitely.
“The Seagull” was slated to run at the Playhouse Theatre from March 11 to May 30, while “A Doll’s House” was also scheduled at the Playhouse from June 10 to Sep. 5.
The Jamie Lloyd Company has said, however, that when the season reopens, Clarke will reprise her role as Nina, while Chastain has also committed to lead “A Doll’s House.”
The U.K.’s theater sector has been decimated by the coronavirus lockdown, and all venues across the country have now been shuttered for 11 weeks. The government has said the sector will be among the last to restart, with a target of July 4 set to begin reopening venues.
Lloyd said of the postponements of “The Seagull” and “A Doll’s House”: “This is, of course, an incredibly challenging time for everyone, but we are looking forward to presenting our season to audiences in the future. I’m thrilled that Emilia Clarke and Jessica Chastain will lead ‘The Seagull’ and ‘A Doll’s House’ as soon as we can get back into the theater.
Tickets to see Jessica Chastain in her West End debut this summer are now on sale! The multi-award-winning American actress will take on the role of Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House, which marks the third production to run at London’s Playhouse Theatre as part of the new 2019/20 Jamie Lloyd season. The Henrik Ibsen classic has been freely adapted by Frank McGuinness and is set to run from 10 June until 5 September 2020. Be sure to book your tickets sharpish to secure the best seats and prices whilst stocks last!
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About Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
A Doll’s House is a modern Scandinavian classic written in 1879 by renowned Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and is regarded as a modern tragedy with themes of naturalism and realism. The three-act play received its world premiere at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21 December 1879 and is set in an unspecified town in Norway in 1879. The story centres on a married woman named Nora Helmer who lives an unfulfilling life as a mother of three playing out society’s conventions that prescribe women to be mere housewives without many opportunities for self-fulfilment.
Ibsen’s piece is interpreted as a feminist play and it caused quite the stir at the time of its premiere, having made headlines in newspapers all around the world. Hardly anyone could fathom the play’s subject matter as ever being a cause for controversy in modern-day Scandinavia, a region widely considered to be progressive and a blueprint for building a functioning society.
Jessica Chastain stage credits
A Doll’s House at the Playhouse Theatre in London will mark Jessica Chastain‘s feature West End debut, but the actress is no stranger to the stage. She has portrayed 13-year-old girl in The Children’s Monologues at Carnegie Hall (2017), Catherine Sloper in The Heiress at Walter Kerr Theatre (2012), Desdemona in Othello at The Public Theatre (2009), Salome in Salome at the Wadsworth Theatre (2006), Lee in Rodney’s Wife at Playwrights Horizons (2004), Anya in The Cherry Orchard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (2004), and Juliet Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (1998).