Sheridan Smith

Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Brian Friel

Anna Mackmin returns to The Old Vic to direct Oliver Award-winner Sheridan Smith in this major new production of Ibsens masterpiece. Brian Friels adaptation of the seminal work reveals a play as fresh and shocking as when it was originally written.

Played out swiftly over 24 hours, Ibsens startlingly resonant play is a thrilling portrayal of the free-spirited Hedda Gabler (Sheridan Smith). Railing against a life of crippling convention Hedda Gabler cuts through the lives of everyone in her orbit.

Brian Friel is one of Irelands most prolific and distinguished playwrights, his plays include Aristocrats, Faith Healer and Philadelphia, Here I Come! And his adaptations include Chekhovs Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters.

Anna Mackmin is returning to The Old Vic after her production of Tom Stoppards The Real Thing and Brian Friels modern classic Dancing at Lughnasa. Recently Anna has directed Di and Viv and Rose (Hampstead Theatre), Me and My Girl (Sheffield Crucible) and Really Old Like Forty Five (National Theatre).

Sheridan Smith has carved out a reputation has carved out a reputation for being one of Britains finest young stage stars having won the Olivier and Evening Standard Best Actress awards for her performance in Trevor Nunns production of Flare Path and the Olivier best Actress Award for Legally Blonde. Her TV credits include Accused and Mrs Biggs.

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