Heading to Edinburgh. (`Sea'-ing Shaw).
Speaking of reasons to be in Britain in August: Fiona Shaw will play Arkadina to Iain Glen's Trigorin in Chekhov's "The Seagull," from celebrated German helmer Peter Stein. The staging looks to be a high point of the Edinburgh Intl. Festival, running Aug. 10-30 and encompassing classical music, opera and dance alongside the tony theatrical fare.
With Jodhi May ("The Talking Cure") as Nina, "Seagull" will be a rare English: language foray for Stein, who has brought Chekhov's masterworks "The Cherry Orchard," "Three Sisters" and "Uncle Vanya" to Edinburgh fests over the years.
A co-prod with the Russian Drama Theater of Riga, Latvia, "The Seagull" isn't the only classic text about to get an Edinburgh makeover. "Hamlet" hoves into view yet again, directed by Spanish bad boy Calixto Bieito, whose controversial "Macbeth" comes to London's Barbican Center in May. Scottish actor George Anton, an alum of Bieito's staging of Calderon de la Barca's "Life Is a Dream," stars.