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Hedda Gabler

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Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

The critical consensus

Hedda Gabler was never this much fun. Lizzy Watts gives her an energy and a willfulness that is hugely entertaining and makes her behaviour almost, almost forgivable. Together Marber, van Hove and their company have reinvigorated a classic and made it a play for today.

****(*)Su Carroll, What's On Stage, 09/10/2017

Strangely unemotional and chilling.

***(*)(*)Justine Blundell, Edinburgh Guide, 18/10/2017

It is an unsettling, confrontational reading of the play.

****(*)Thom Dibdin, All Edinburgh Theatre, 19/10/2017

Its pathos, themes and core desolation are all present in Hove’s production. It will turn heads, most likely cause discussion, but is a triumph for the National Theatre and all involved.

****(*)Dominic Corr, The Reviews Hub, 17/10/2017

Aided by Patrick Marber's lean new version of the play and Jan Versweyveld's ice-cool design, this contemporary reimagining more resembles a piece of Scandic noir than Ibsen's nineteenth century original.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 18/10/2017

A chilling if uneven adaptation of the classic Ibsen play.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 17/01/2018

Hedda Gabler isn't an easy way to spend two hours of your life. It is a play that is hugely unsettling, tense and bleak- but the performances make it so worth it.

****(*)Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway Baby, 16/01/2018

Features about Hedda Gabler

Ivo van Hove, Patrick Marber and Lizzie Watts--Hedda Gabler

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 17/10/2017

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Tuesday October 17, 2017, until Saturday October 21, 2017. More info:

Theatre Royal, Glasgow from Monday January 15, 2018, until Saturday January 20, 2018. More info:

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