La mouette

Landmark play illuminated by Catherine Vidal

Caroline Robert and Vincent Morisset - Studio AATOAA
  • In-person event

  • Français
  • Ages 14+

Performance options Start time Language Availability
Friday, April 12, 2024 10:00 am French Seats available

“The egg hatches ”

Do you know Chekhov’s La mouette (The Seagull)? Together with ten performers, director Catherine Vidal sensitively unfurls the wings of this fascinating theatrical bird. A timeless classic revisited; a journey to the heart of art, creativity, and human frailty.

The young playwright Treplev is in love with the actress Nina, who secretly loves the famous writer Trigorin, lover of the great tragedienne Arkadina, Treplev’s mother. Drama of manners on a hellish wheel, intergenerational confrontation, theatrical game of mirrors? Attempting to grasp The Seagull means accepting that it will ultimately elude you. Catherine Vidal and her translator colleague Guillaume Corbeil have approached the play more like a fantastic “living laboratory” where the Russian author objectively presents the characters, their dramas, and their fragile humanity. So it will be up to us, the audience, to come up with a diagnosis. 


  • Catherine Vidal ©Julie Artacho
    Directed by Catherine Vidal
  • Written by Anton Chekhov
  • Directed by Catherine Vidal
  • Translation André Markowicz and Françoise Morvan
  • Adaptation and dramaturgical collaboration Guillaume Corbeil
  • With Simon Beaulé-Bulman, Nathalie Claude, Frédéric Desager, Renaud Lacelle-Bourdon, Macha Limonchik, Igor Ovadis, Olivia Palacci, Daniel Parent, Madeleine Sarr and Mattis Savard-Verhoeven 
  • Assistant director Alexandra Sutto
  • Sets Geneviève Lizotte
  • Costumes Wendy Kim Pires
  • Lighting Étienne Boucher
  • Sound Francis Rossignol  
  • Makeup and hair Justine Denoncourt-Bélanger
  • Director, Treplev’s play Sophie El Assaad
  • Producer NAC French Theatre
  • Co-producer Prospero and Cœur Battant

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