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The Seagull. By Anton Chekhov. New Adaptation by Simon Stephens. 

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Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka. Art. A summer weekend at a lakeside estate falls apart when celebrities come to visit. Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound, this masterpiece of the modern era examines the burning need to create art and the destructive power of love. Read The Playbill.

> Explore the 9 other plays from russia to round out your Around the World in 80 Plays experience

Tickets are Pay-What-You-Choose, and audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on May 12 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.

Complimentary access for Front Line Workers  and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life. 


CBC IDEAS - RUSSIA indepth Podcast (Available Now!)

IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using The Seagull as a launching-off point, Host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Russian drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE

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THE SIT DOWN - interview with Daniel Brooks

Director of The Seagull, Daniel Brooks, sits down with Emma Stenning to discuss the profound impact of Chekhov's work on theatre today and how he approached directing this iconic piece. 


free russian cocktail masterclass

In partnership with Toronto Life Insider, to celebrate the premiere of our audio drama The Seagull, we are thrilled to offer an exclusive online Russian Cocktail Masterclass hosted by Evelyn Chick.  During the masterclass, Evelyn walked through three classic cocktail recipes with famous Russian vodka, providing her own twist with easy to find ingredients at home.


Restaurant Recommendations from Toronto LiFE

Suliko Restaurant features traditional meats, fish, dumplings & desserts in a family-friendly environment.

Order take-out from this or other local restaurants to enjoy while you listen to the production.

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Spotlight from TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUTHORS - Maria Reva

Featured here is a double interview from TIFA 2020, between two Canadian authors whose latest collections of short stories reflect on themes of community, and how lives can intertwine throughout significant historical or societal change.

Maria Reva, a Ukraine-born Canadian writer, examines life for a small community within a police state in 1980s Ukraine, in Good Citizens Need Not Fear. This conversation touches on the absurd to the horrific, illuminating the unexpected ways we remain connected during times of change.

Book Recommendations from Toronto International Festival of Authors


SPOTLIGHT from small world music – blisk

BLISK is described as a musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and beyond. The Toronto-based, all-female quartet was brought together by a deep love and respect for the ancient songs and dances of these regions, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world through unique original compositions, storytelling, dance and distinctive arrangements of traditional folk music. BLISK is Stephania Woloshyn, Ekaterina, Nastasia Y, and Ewelina Ferenc. Throughout their performance, the band regularly shares stories about the ancient rituals and folklore from which the songs originate, which is important to the group. BLISK debuted in December of 2017, at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto where they opened for JUNO-nominated Turkwaz.

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ART Attention FROM the ago

Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator of Access & Learning at the Art Gallery of Ontario shares a Russian piece of art from their collection, Grey Circle (1923) by Wassily Kandinsky. 

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Explore Arts and Culture

The State Hermitage Museum
Saint-Petersburg
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One day in Moscow - 360' Tour
Moscow
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The Bolshoi Theatre
Moscow
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Pushkin Museum
Moscow
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Museum of Cosmonautics
Moscow
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Artmossphere: street art in Moscow
Moscow
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The Theatrical Canon - Russia

9 OTHER PLAYS CURATED BY SOULPEPPER ARTISTS AND LOCAL SCHOLARS TO READ AND ENJOY! INQUIRE ABOUT THESE TITLES AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OR LIBRARY.

Songs of the Twentieth Century
By Ludmilla Petrusheveskaya
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The Government Inspector
By Nikolai Gogol
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The Storm
By Alexander Ostrovsky
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Russian Jam and Other Plays
By Lyudmila Ulitskaya
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Three Sisters
By Anton Chekhov
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Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov
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A Month in the Country
By Ivan Turgenev
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The Lower Depths
By Maxim Gorky
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Lebedinyi stan (The Encampment of the Swans)
By Marina Tsvetaeva
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AUDIENCE RECOMMENDATIONS

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Soulpepper’s Around The World In 80 Plays series has become essential for theatre lovers. Imagine a mini international theatre festival for the ears, intellect and soul.

- NOW Magazine

Chekhov’s characters are enslaved in their own identities.  Each life is a calamity, as each character, promoting their own misery, clings fiercely to whatever identity they have concocted for themselves.  Everyone has someone to blame as they cast about for meaning, and never realize that the real meaning and force of life vibrates in the bonds that exist between us all.  A beautiful play for these times.

- Daniel Brooks, Director

All around the world and throughout history, humans have acted out the stories that are significant to them, the stories that are central to their sense of who they are, the stories that have defined their communities, and shaped their societies. When we talk about classical theatre we want to explore what that means from the many perspectives of this city. This is a celebration of our global canon.

- Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Artistic Director


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