The play is set on a country estate and centres on a famous actress who responds less than favourably when her son shows her a new play he has written. The Seagull was first produced in 1896 in St Petersburg. The hostile audience reaction resulted in the leading actress losing her voice. The play was then staged in Moscow, two years later, by legendary director Constantin Stanislavski. This time it was a triumph and the Moscow Art Theatre made its emblem a seagull to mark the success of Chekhov's play.
The Seagull has gone on to enjoy many illustrious performances. A New York production in 2001 in Central Park included Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Natalie Portman amongst its star-studded line-up.
The Library Theatre production, which re-imagines the play into the twenty-first century, includes Graeme Hawley as famous writer Boris Trigorin. Graeme is familiar to Library Theatre audiences from his roles in Rock 'n' Roll and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Coronation Street fans also know him as killer John Stape.
The role of estate manager Ilyia Shamrayev will be played by David Crellin, who played the man murdered by John Stape in the Manchester-based soap opera.
I am lucky to be working with a superb ensemble cast which contains a number of actors who've done excellent work for the Library Theatre Company over the years," Chris Honer said.
The Library Theatre Company was originally resident at Manchester's Central Library, which will re-open next month after four years of refurbishment. In 2015 they will move to a newly created venue at First Street. The company will be joined by the Cornerhouse Arts Centre.
HOME, as the new social and cultural hub will be called, will include a theatre, studio space, gallery, cinema screens, a café bar and restaurant.
Walter Meierjohann will take over from current Artistic Director, Chris Honer, to put together a creative programme for HOME.