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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov's The Seagull was completed in 1896. It was staged for the first time on October 17, 1896 at the Aleksandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The premiere was not particularly successful, but subsequent performances were applauded and the overall impression the play made on its first audiences was positive. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1898 production at the Moscow Art Theater that The Seagull was received triumphantly. That production was directed by Stanislavsky, and it starred Stanislavsky himself as Trigorin and Vsevolod Meyerhold as Treplev. It was not only the first completely successful production of Chekhov's work, but it began the legendary association of the Moscow Art Theater with Chekhov's work for the stage including classic productions of Uncle Vanya (1899), The Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904).