Played out over 24 hours, Ibsen’s classic follows the free-spirited Hedda Gabler who chooses to rally against a life of crippling convention. Spending her married life struggling between the boundaries of expectation and reality, Hedda is subjected to a life of missed opportunities, ending with an ultimate tragic climax. Exploring themes of gender expectations, Hedda Gabler remains as relevant as when it was first published in 1890.
Sheridan Smith has quickly become one of the country’s most beloved actresses, receiving both the Olivier and Evening Standard Best Actress Awards for her performance in Flare Path, as well as the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Beginning in the likes of Gavin & Stacey and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Smith has since starred in Accused, Jonathan Creek and Mrs Biggs. Starring as the fated Hedda Gabler, Smith is joined by Buffy Davis as Bertha, Anne Reid as Juliana Tesman, Adrian Scarborough as George Tesman and Fenella Woolgar as Thea Elvsted, as well as Daniel Lapaine and Darrell D’Silva.
Hedda Gabler is directed by Anna Mackmin, who most recently directed Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, as well as Di and Viv and Rose and Me and My Girl. Brian Friel’s adapted production features design by Lez Brotherston, sound design by Simon Baker, lighting by Mark Henderson and original compositions by Paul Englishby. Starring Sheridan Smith, this revamped version of a classic opens at London’s Old Vic Theatre for a limited season.