De Meeuw

Kostja has a dream He wants to become a playwright and turn the theater world upside down. Hij wil net zo beroemd worden als zijn moeder die actrice is. But she is busy with her own life and with her lover, the successful playwright Trigorin. And then there is Nina, Kostja’s girlfriend. When she falls in love with Trigorin, that is the final push.

DE MEEUW by Chekhov we are playing because this year marks our twenty-fifth anniversary and because our name is derived from it. But first and foremost: because it is about theater, about young people and about big dreams.
Director Tatiana Pratley gathered six actors around her who started their theater career at the Jeugd Theater School of Friesland. They have now graduated from various theater schools and work for theater companies throughout the Netherlands. Together they tackle Chekhov’s classic and create their version of one of the most beautiful pieces in theater literature.

Before or after each performance, the actors personally take care of the side programming. They perform with a song program, play records, conduct interviews with special guests or have a discussion with visitors.

This performance is made possible by Gemeente Leeuwarden, Provincie Fryslân, Stichting Woudsend and the Leeuwarder Ondernemers Fonds


vrijdag 4 september (première) 20.00u
donderdag 10 september 20.00u
vrijdag 11 september 12.30u* + 20.00u
zaterdag 12 september 20.00u
donderdag 17 september 20.00u
vrijdag 18 september 12.30u* + 20.00u
zaterdag 19 september 20.00u
zondag 20 september 15.00u

(*) lunch performances for groups and/or schools

All performances take place in Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie in Leeuwarden

Who’s participating?

Directed by Tatiana Pratley
Actors Eva Meijering, Lourens van den Akker, Rik Witteveen, Nuria Zantman, Ali Zijlstra, Bart Harder

Set design Janne Sterke
Costuming Vita Mees
Music Laurens van der Meulen
Director’s assistentDomenica Tundo
Lighting design Koos de Vries
Technical support Remko Smids
Set Building Jan Bruinsma
Marketing and publicityHester Berkelmans, Hilde Gerlofs
Dramaturgy Nina Thunnissen
Office Henny Postma
artistic and bussiness direction by Hilde Mulder

Photography Wij zijn Kees
Graphic design Rob van Hoesel
Photography performanceKarel Zwaneveld


Triptych by the Leeuwarder Courant.

Part 1: interview with director Tatiana Pratley. Read the full article here.
Part 2: interview with actors Eva Meijering and Rik Witteveen. Read the full article here.
Part 3: interview with Lourens van den Akker, Ali Zijlstra, Bart Harder and Nuria Zantman. Read the full article here.

The Friesch Dagblad interviewed Tatiana Pratley just before the premiere: read the article here.

Review Leeuwarder Courant, read the article here.

Review Friesch Dagblad read the entire article here.