Welcome to the 92nd EDS production

Anton Chekhov’s

  • Performances:
    Thursday, 14th February – Sunday, 17th February,

  • Location:
    Experimentiertheater, Bismarckstr. 1, Erlangen


Tickets for our latest production can easily be reserved online, purchased in advance, or – subject to availability – bought on the night of the performance.

Buy in advance

Tickets are on sale at Erlangen Ticket from Monday, 28th January until 12pm on Saturday, 16th February.

Buy on the day

Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased from the box office from 45 minutes before the performance commences.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices for performances in the Experimentiertheater are as follows:

  • Adults: EUR 11.00
  • Concessions (Students, school pupils etc. with ID): EUR 8.00

These prices apply to all tickets purchased in advance and from the box office and include any booking fees.

How to obtain tickets for EDS performances

1. Order your tickets online

Tickets can be reserved online and paid for at the box office on the night of the performance. Subject to availability reservations are possible until two hours before the performance starts.

We would like to advise you that reserved tickets must be collected and paid for at least 20 minutes before the performance begins, otherwise, in the event that the performance is sold out, your tickets may be resold.

The box office opens 45 minutes before the performance commences.

This service is for reservations only – it is not possible to buy and pay for your tickets online. Please note that we are only able to accept payment in cash.

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2. Buy tickets in advance from the ticket shop “Erlangen Ticket”

Tickets can also be bought from the ticket shop “Erlangen Ticket” at Fuchsenwiese 1, 91054 Erlangen (Tel: 09131 800555).

Please note: Tickets which are reserved by telephone from here must be collected from the ticket shop in person by 16:00 on the day of the performance (12:00 on Saturday for weekend performances) at the latest.

3. Buy tickets on the night from the box office

Subject to availability you can of course also buy tickets on the night of the performance.

The box office opens 45 minutes before the performance commences.

Please note:

It is possible to make reservations for more than one performance at the same time and – subject to availability – you can reserve up to 10 tickets for any one performance.

If you need to reserve more than 10 tickets for any one performance you will need to make a group reservation. To do this, please use the ticket enquiry form.

Subject to availablilty reservations are possible online until 2 hours before the performance.

Reservations are no longer possible for this production

General questions

Can I buy tickets for EDS productions online?

Unfortunately you cannot buy tickets online, but you can reserve tickets and collect and pay for them on the night of the performance. If you wish to buy tickets in advance, you will need to go to the ticket shop “Erlangen Ticket”.

What time does the box office open?

The box office opens 45 minutes before the performance starts.

I have ordered tickets online. When do I need to collect them?

You must collect tickets you have reserved at least 20 minutes before the performance commences, otherwise they may be resold.

Do I need to show my order confirmation email to collect the tickets?

We do not need to see your order confirmation when you collect tickets. We just need to know the name of the person the tickets are reserved for. If you or somebody else has already paid for your tickets you may be asked to show an identity card to collect these tickets.

Who is entitled to purchase tickets at the reduced price?

Students and school pupils as well as registered severely disabled persons who are holders of a disabled person’s pass (Schwerbehindertenausweis) are entitled to purchase reduced price tickets. Also the person accompanying a registered disabled person qualifies for a reduced price ticket if their name is stated on the disabled person’s pass.

Do you accept credit and debit cards?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept credit and debit cards at the box office so tickets can only be paid for in cash.

Changes and cancellations

I need to cancel my order

You can cancel your order by replying to your confirmation email or using the ticket enquiry form.

I need to change my resevation

If you need to add tickets to your reservation: Please place a new order via the website for the additional tickets* These will automatically be added to your existing order at the box office. If you need to cancel one or more tickets in your order: You will need to contact us using the ticket enquiry form to do this.

*Please note: If you order more than 8 tickets for any one performance we may need to contact you for confirmation.

I need to change the type of tickets I reserved?

You do not need to tell us if you need to change the type of tickets (full price / student) you require. This can be done when you collect the tickets at the box office.

Can I return tickets I have already purchased?

Tickets that have already been collected and paid for are non-refundable. However, they can be returned subject to the following conditions:

a) the performance is sold out

b) we are able to resell your ticket

In such cases we will refund the full value of the returned ticket.*

If we are unable to resell your ticket we will unfortunately not be able to offer you a refund.

*A fee of EUR 1.00 applies to refunded tickets purchased from Erlangen Ticket.

Group Bookings

How do I make a group booking?

You can make a group booking for up to 10 people in exactly the same way as an individual booking. If you need to reserve more than 10 tickets for a single performance, please use the ticket enquiry form to submit your request. Please note: If you wish to reserve more than 25 tickets for a performance we will require you to pay for the tickets in advance.

Do you offer discounts for groups?

As a non-profit society we are unfortunately unable to offer any discounts on our regular prices for group bookings. The only exception is for teachers accompanying school groups of 11 or more pupils who are entitled to purchase tickets at the reduced rate if the tickets are ordered in advance. The discount applies to one teacher per group of between 11 and 20 pupils.

Can the members of my group collect and pay for their tickets individually?

Yes, the tickets can be collected individually, although we do prefer them to be collected together if possible. Please note: If you pay for all the tickets, but would like the members of your group to collect them themselves, we will need their names and will need to see some form of identification before the tickets can be collected.

Please complete our ticket enquiry form if you wish to enquire about, change or cancel an existing ticket reservation, or if you have not received an Email confirmation of your order.

Please also complete this form if you wish to reserve tickets for a group of 11 or more, or are a teacher interested in bringing your class to see the show. For group reservations please include the following information to help us process your request quickly:

  • The name in which the tickets should be reserved
  • A contact telephone number
  • For school groups: School name

Would you like to contact us?

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About the play

The Seagull is an English Dramatic Society production in cooperation with the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Language Centre.

First performed in 1896, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is a drama in four acts dealing with lost opportunities and the clash between generations. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters.

The wannabe writer Konstantin lives with his uncle Sorin on a remote country estate close to a lake. He is in love with Nina, a girl from a neighbouring estate who aspires to become a famous actress one day. Together they have been working on a play that Konstantin wrote in an attempt to prove to his mother, the famous actress Arkadina, that the theatre needs new art forms and not the conventional performances that she is into. He has erected a small stage by the lake for his performance and has invited his mother and her lover, the famous writer Boris Trigorin, alongside his uncle Sorin, the family Doctor Dorn, the teacher Medvedenko, the manager of Sorin’s estate Shamrayev, his wife Polina and his daughter Masha to come and watch the play. His audience and especially his mother fail to acknowledge his efforts, however, and the performance ends abruptly with Konstantin storming off stage. Disappointed by this experience Konstantin considers himself a failure misunderstood by everyone, which estranges him from Nina and drives her into the arms of Trigorin, whom she had admired before she even met him.

After a failed attempt to kill himself, Konstantin stays on the country estate with his aging uncle Sorin and continues to write his new art forms. Arkadina and Trigorin regularly come to visit both of them and Nina eventually leaves for the city to become a famous actress. Life goes on more or less as usual – for some more than for others – and after a few years, they’re all back at the estate to be there for Sorin who’s health is failing more and more.

What life held in store for the characters before their reunion and what experiences and challenges they all had to go through, well that remains to be seen in this empathetic play about love,
unrequited love, disappointments, alienation, hopes, dreams, desires, aspirations and the pursuit of happiness.

Der Möchtegern-Schriftsteller Konstantin lebt mit seinem Onkel Sorin auf einem ländlichen Gut am nahegelegenen See. Er ist in Nina verliebt, die in der Nachbarschaft wohnt und davon träumt eines Tages eine berühmte Schauspielerin zu sein. Sie haben gemeinsam ein Stück einstudiert, das Konstantin geschrieben hat, weil er seiner Mutter, der berühmten Schauspielerin Arkadina beweisen möchte, dass das Theater neue Kunstformen braucht und die konventionellen Aufführungen, bei denen sie regelmäßig mitspielt, nicht mehr aktuell sind. Er hat am See eine kleine Bühne für seine Aufführung aufbauen lassen und hat seine Mutter und ihren Liebhaber, den berühmten Schriftsteller
Boris Trigorin, zur Aufführung eingeladen, zusammen mit seinem Onkel Sorin, dem Landarzt Dr. Dorn, dem Lehrer Medvedenko, dem Manager von Sorins Landgut Shamrayev, seine Frau Polina und seine Tochter Masha. Sein Publikum und vor allem seine Mutter wissen seine Bemühungen aber nicht zu schätzen und so endet die Aufführung ganz abrupt als Konstantin wütend von der Bühne stürmt. Aus Enttäuschung über diese Erfahrung sieht sich Konstantin fortan nur noch als Versager, der von niemandem verstanden wird, was ihn Nina entfremdet und sie in die Arme von Trigorin treibt, den sie schon bewundert hat, bevor sie ihn überhaupt kannte.

Nach einem misslungenen Selbstmordversuch lebt Konstantin weiterhin bei seinem alternden Onkel Sorin auf dem Landgut und schreibt auch weiterhin seine revolutionären Texte. Arkadina und Trigorin kommen regelmäßig aufs Land, um beide zu besuchen und Nina entscheidet sich schließlich dazu, in die Stadt zu ziehen und dort ihr Glück als Schauspielerin zu versuchen. Das Leben geht mehr oder weniger seinen gewohnten Gang und nach ein paar Jahren sind alle wieder auf dem Landgut vereint, um für Sorin da zu sein, dessen Gesundheitszustand zunehmend schlechter wird.

Was das Leben für alle Charaktere vor ihrer Wiedervereinigung bereit gehalten hat und was für Erfahrungen und Herausforderungen sie alle durchleben mussten, nun dies wird sich zeigen in diesem einfühlsamen Stück über Liebe, unerwiderte Liebe, Enttäuschungen, Entfremdung, Hoffnung,
Träume, Begierden, Erwartungen und das Streben nach dem Glück.

Cast & Support

In order of appearance:


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