by Henrik Ibsen
translated by Edmund Gosse and William Archer
produced by Fish Don’t Matter Theatre Company
The honeymoon is over, and Hedda is feeling trapped.
Raised in privilege as the daughter of the great General Gabler, she has married beneath her station into the ‘genteel poverty’ offered by her husband, George Tesman, a well-meaning academic who is doing all he can to meet her every whim. It is not enough. Her needs are deeper. And darker.
Even as she struggles to restrain her wild impulses, she begins to crave the fatal power to mould someone else’s destiny. That someone else turns out to be the only person in the world that Hedda might love.
Can Hedda awaken a sense of empathy before things go too far? Will she find meaning in a life so filled with limitations?
Hedda Gabler transfers to the Jack Studio following its sell-out production at The Bread and Roses Theatre.
Press for this production
‘atmospheric and intense production of Hedda Gabler packs a punch in a tightly wound 90 minutes. Ibsen’s masterpiece isn’t diminished by the brevity of the production, with director Scott James embracing Scott Bailey’s music with emotive movement direction from Michael Flanagan…The cast impress, with Kelsey Short imperious and brittle as Hedda… Short is a powerhouse in this role.’ ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
‘A study in sublimated frustration and simmering rage, it’s hard for audiences to tear their eyes away from Hedda Gabler… the cast and creative team recreate this play confidently and ‘beautifully’… The only way to understand why this play has stood the test of time is to see and experience this powerful interpretation.’ ★★★★ London Pub Theatres
NOMINATED FOR A STANDING OVATION AWARD
‘an impassioned performance’ ReviewsGate
‘the production was well-done with performances that kept the audience focussed on the action throughout.’ Plays to See
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Edmund Gosse and William Archer
Edited by Mark Perry
Directed by Scott James
Lighting Design by Charlie Hills
Produced by Fish Don’t Matter Theatre Company
Kelsey Short as Hedda Gabler
Michael Flanagan as George Tesman
Megan McGery as Thea Elvstead
River Norris as Eilert Løvborg
Michael Martin as Judge Brack
Caroline Edwards as Miss Tesman
Jackie Mitchell as Berta