Die Möwe

By Anton Tschechow
Staging: Christopher Rüping
Translation by Thomas Brasch


The family meets at the house by the lake. Mother and son, both in the arts, bring their lovers with them. Love sizzles like the summer heat, young Kostya’s new play flops, his mother Arkadina makes fun of it. Chekhov’s The Seagull tells of the desire for freedom, the longing for artistic recognition and an insatiable hunger for life. Young people compete against old, theatre reformers against the establishment.

In his first take on Chekhov, Christopher Rüping approaches the material with actors from his own generation, asking: How do we look at our own life stories when the turbulent years are behind us, but we have not yet grown old, rich or famous? What separates and unites people in midlife?

Christopher Rüping
Stage design
Jonathan Mertz
Costume design
Tutia Schaad
Gerhard Patzelt
Moritz Frischkorn
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Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
Touring & International Relations
Sonja Hildebrandt
Artistic Mediation T&S
Zora Maag
Production Assistance
Dominic Schibli
Stage design assistance
Karl Dietrich
Costume design Assistance
Renée Kraemer
Production intern
Anna Vankova
Dayen Tuskan
Ursula Hildebrand
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The translation by Thomas Brasch was adapted for Christopher Rüping's production.

Supported by Zürcher Kantonalbank & Else v. Sick Stiftung

In cooperation with LAS Art Foundation

Performance rights: Suhrkamp Verlag AG Berlin

  • Premiere: 22. December 2023, Pfauen
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