Hedda is a dangerously irresistible woman. She lives a highly respectable life with her reputable husband, George, in her perfectly run home- but is this enough? To relieve the boredom of respectability she turns to the lives of others for pleasure and excitement, determined to be a woman of consequence, whatever the consequences. It soon becomes apparent that Hedda is in a loveless marriage, but when George’s academic and handsome rival turns up, their lives are thrown into disarray as passion and desperation embrace all those who have fallen under Hedda’s fatal spell. Through gentle domestic humour and high tension, this story leads to its thrillingly unexpected climax. Ibsen’s masterpiece of a woman’s desire for freedom is still as fresh and shocking as when it was first performed. The many productions translated all over the world are testimony to the enduring popularity of this powerful story.
After many years of reviewing, this is the first time I have seen this classic.
The Garrick brings it to life and I congratulate them on having the courage to put it on.
Hedda Gabler – Saira Mian
Mrs Elvested – Kate Millington
Judge Brack – Mark Edgar
George Tessman – Bryn Thomas
Eilert Lovborg – Scott Ransome
Aunt Julie Tessman – Sandra Thomas
Berthe – Victoria Johnson
Production Assistant – Sue Barnard
Set Design – Ali Davenport & Barry Fletcher
Sound & Lighting Design? – James Cross
Costume Design – Garrick Wardrobe
Properties/Furniture – John Newton
Rehearsal Prompt – Victoria Johnson