Post by Deleted on May 25, 2022 15:18:27 GMT
She won an Olivier for her West End performance in this adaptation from the original Russian by the great Christopher Hampton. Transferring to Broadway to even more raves, she was shockingly snubbed by the Tonys - I can still remember the furor!
Here is an excerpt from Ben Brantley's review in the New York Times
<< Silence is never empty in Ian Rickson’s magnificent production of “The Seagull,” which opened Thursday night at the Walter Kerr Theater. When a hush descends on Chekhov’s restless country estate dwellers as it often does, abrupt and unbidden the air remains alive with crosscurrents of thought, clashing chords of longing and the steady thrum of time passing. Brought to life by a superlative ensemble led by Kristin Scott Thomas, the thwarted souls of “The Seagull” are as self-revealing in frozen speechlessness as they are in frantic flights of conversation...
“The Seagull” was Mr. Rickson’s valedictory production as artistic director of the Royal Court Theater, and when I saw it there last year, I couldn’t imagine its being much better and worried about this delicate plant’s thriving in a Broadway barn. I arrived at the Walter Kerr as braced for disappointment as any of Chekhov’s inveterate losers.
Yet this “Seagull” has only ripened and deepened...
And Ms. Scott Thomas, who was excellent as the aging actress Arkadina in London, here delivers a magnified, intensified performance that more than ever is the keystone to understanding this play.
Did any of you have the chance to see her in this production in 2008? You know she is one of my all time favorites...