Last chance to see Hedda Gabler
Brian Friels adaptation of Ibsens seminal work, Hedda Gabler, directed by Anna Mackmin and starring Sheridan Smith will end its scheduled run at The Old Vic on Saturday 10 November.
A triumph all round The Times *****
Anna Mackmins superb production The Times *****
*Sheridan Smith is one of the stage stars of her generation Evening Standard ****
*Thrilling new production The Daily Telegraph ****
Riveting and revelatory The Financial Times ****
Ibsens brilliant masterpiece on the conflict of the requirements of society and those of the individual explores the corrosive descent of Hedda Gabler into the treacherous void between expectation and reality. The generals daughter has married the respectable academic Tesman – a husband she despises as mediocre and now, driven by fear and loathing, Heddas despair goads her independent spirit to a rage expressed in the wilful contamination of life around her which eventually leads to disaster for her and all those beguiled by her.
Hedda Gabler was first published by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1890. The central protagonist Hedda is often cited as one of the great dramatic roles in theatre. The play premiered in 1891 in Germany and since then has gained recognition as a classic of realism in nineteenth century drama.