Die Möwe

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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
Costume design intern
Selma Jamal Aldin
Dramaturgy assistant
Lisa-Maria Liner
Dayen Tuskan
Ursula Hildebrand / Katja Weppler / Gerlinde Uhlig-Vanet
Surtitle installation
Anne Hirth PANTHEA
Surtitle translation
Ambika Thompson PANTHEA
Surtitel drivers
Josephine Scheibe / Maya Scharf / Holly Werner / Aika Baumgartner
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The translation by Thomas Brasch was partially 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

  • 3h, break included
  • Premiere: 22. December 2023, Pfauen
  • English Surtitles
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 8.1., 10.1., 27.1., 9.2. and 23.2.

    ***Trigger warning: This production contains the subject of suicide and depictions of suicidal acts.
    Sensory warning: Bright light images are used.***
Introduction: Moritz Frischkorn, Dramaturgy

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Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.

Im Rahmen ihrer Forschungen hat die Dramaturgin und Theaterwissenschaftlerin Barbara Sommer den Probenprozess zu Die Möwe von der Konzeptionsprobe bis zur Generalprobe begleitet. Im Folgenden sind die ersten Ergebnisse ihrer teilnehmenden Beobachtung notiert.


In Tschechows Möwe treten Junge gegen Alte an: Theaterreformer*innen und Establishment streiten sich um die Deutungshoheit in der Kunst. In seiner Inszenierung nähert sich Christopher Rüping diesem Konflikt aus einer vermittelnden Perspektive und fragt: Warum ist unser Blick auf die andere Generation so hart, so kalt? Auch wir möchten bei der generationenübergreifenden Annäherung helfen und laden im Rahmen des Formats +-30 zu einem Blind Date mit einer Zuschauer*in ein, die mindestens 30 Jahre jünger oder älter ist. 

The Directors Talk
About Season 23/24

The 23/24 season of the Schauspielhaus Zürich will be special. Not only because it is the last season of Nicolas Stemann's and Benjamin von Blomberg's directorship, but also because the eight house directors are all returning to the house once again to work on new productions. In eight short videos, they talk about their plans.