"The Seagull is one of the great plays about writing. It captures the struggle for new forms, the frustrations and fulfilments of putting words on a page. Chekhov, in his first major play, stages a vital argument about the theatre which still resonates today." "Christopher Hampton's new version of The Seagull, directed by Ian Rickson in his last production as Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, London, premiered in January 2007."--BOOK JACKET.