Little story, and a lot of love
Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer and director Michel Sluysmans continue their collaboration in a renewed and sparkling version of one of the most famous plays in theatrical literature: Anton Chekhov's Een Meeuw. Wendell Jaspers and Thijs Römer play the leading roles in this serious comedy about unfulfilled desires, troubled family ties, flaming generational conflicts, the ever-running time and above all: a lot of heartbreak.
Start time: 19:30, matinee 15:00
Duration: 130 minutes, no intermission
Een Meeuw is set in a theatre family. Mother Arkadina (Jaspers) is an
actress at the peak of her fame, but she feels the hot breath of the
younger generation on her neck. She is in a relationship with the star
writer Trigorin (Römer), whose talent is less than his fame suggests.
Arkadina's son Kostja dreams of a career as a playwright, his girlfriend
Nina wants to become an actress. All characters hope for a better life.
In vain. Because dreaming of another life is always more beautiful than
that life itself.-|- With Een Meeuw, Pfeijffer and Sluysmans present a modern
interpretation of one of the most famous stage classics. Een Meeuw
becomes a tragicomic battle with the meaninglessness of existence. A
feast of failures, populated by characters who regret the past, dream of
the future, but forget to live in the present. Longing souls who just
don't have happiness within reach. It is inevitable that the public will
recognise themselves in this.
In the press
Volkskrant: 'A dazzling palace of mirrors'. ★★★★★
NRC: 'Wonderful portraits of humanity' ★★★★
De Limburger: 'The joy of playing splashes off' ★★★★
Telegraaf: 'Strong ensemble of actors' ★★★★
Trouw: 'Director Sluysmans brings speed and humour to the piece' ★★★★
Scènes: 'Droste effect gives Chekhov a pleasant lightness' ★★★★
performance Wendell Jaspers, Thijs Römer, Jouman Fattal, Tarik Moree, Esther Scheldwacht, Dries Vanhegen, Sofie Porro, Tim Helderman
text Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
direction Michel Sluysmans
set design Michiel Voet
lighting design Bart van den Heuvel
costume design Sabine Snijders
dramaturgy Paul Slangen