The Seagull: by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Martin Crimp
'Young girl lives on shore of lake since childhood - like you. Loves the lake - like the seagull. Is happy and free - like the seagull. Then one day a man turns up, sees her, and mindlessly destroys her.' Martin Crimp's pared down version of Chekhov's first great play reveals the full force of its comedy and cruelty - whether it's love, sex, incredible fame, or simply a trip into town, each character is denied the thing they most crave. The Seagull, in a new version by Martin Crimp, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in June 2006.