The first pictures of rehearsals from a major new season at Chichester Festival Theatre have been released. Titled the Young Chekov Season, the season of works comprised of Platonov  , Ivanov and The Seagull will be directed by Jonathan Kent and adapted by David Hare.

The Seagull by Chekhov,     , Writer - Anton Chekhov, Adapted - David Hare, Director - Jonathan Kent, Set - Tom Pye, Lighting - Mark Henderson, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/
Anna Chancellor in rehearsal. Chichester Festival Theatre, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson

All three productions are a unique theatrical event, as this will be the first time that audiences will be able to see all three productions being performed by the same cast and created by the same team. Twenty three actors will be performing fifty roles in all three productions.

The cast for the shows will include Anna Chancellor, Lucy Briers, Adrian Lukis, Samuel West, James McArdle and Nina Sosanya.

The Seagull by Chekhov,     , Writer - Anton Chekhov, Adapted - David Hare, Director - Jonathan Kent, Set - Tom Pye, Lighting - Mark Henderson, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/
Lucy Briers and Adrian Lukis rehearsing for the Young Chekov season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Image: Johan Persson .

Each of the three plays can be seen either as a single performance or one event, over different days or all on one day. There are also 5000 tickets that are available for £10 across the season, so audiences can see all three plays for as little as £30.

The season is held together by a trio of very different talents: Chekov for his plays, David Hare for his adaptations of the plays and director Jonathan Kent, who returns to Chichester following his success with Gypsy in 2014. Young Chekov sees the reunion of Kent and Hare, who have collaborated on a number of productions for the Almeida Theatre.

The Seagull by Chekhov,     , Writer - Anton Chekhov, Adapted - David Hare, Director - Jonathan Kent, Set - Tom Pye, Lighting - Mark Henderson, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/
David Hare watching over rehearsals. Image: Johan Persson.

David Hare’s numerous credits include: The Blue Room (Donmar Warehouse, Broadway), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre). For his screen work for The Hours and The Reader, he has received Academy Award nominations.

Jonathan Kent is best known for Gypsy, Private Lives and Sweeney Todd for Chichester Festival Theatre and all of which have transferred to the West End. Other credits include: Good People (Hampstead Theatre and West End) and Oedipus (National Theatre).

The Young Chekov Season is at the Chichester Festival Theatre from the 28th September until 14th November. 

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