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Saturday-Night Theatre


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The Seagull by ANTON CHEKHOV A version by THOMAS KILROY with and Chekhov's classic play is transposed to the West of Ireland in 1896. Social unrest and a crumbling society form the background to personal turmoil as Isobel Desmond , great actress of the London stage, returns to her Irish estate and a family trapped in a complex and vicious circle.
Radio 4/World Service production Stereo (R)


Unknown: Anton Chekhov
Unknown: Thomas Kilroy
Unknown: Isobel Desmond
Directed By: David Hitchinson
Isobel Desmon: Anna Massey
Aston: Alan Rickman
Constantine: Dominic Guard
Lily: Fiona Victory
DrHickey: T P McKenna
Pauline: Kate Binchy
Peter: Alan MacNaughtan
Mary: Maggie McCarthy
James: Sean Barret-R
Gregory: Tony Doyle
Jack: Breffn1 McKenna

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