Hedda Gabler opened at the American Airlines Theatre on January 25th 2009, after 21 previews. The show, produced by the non-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company, was directed by Ian Rickson whose 2008 production of Chekhov’s The Seagull played to packed houses in both the West End and on Broadway. The company’s official press release described the production below:
“A woman of dangerous independence restrained by a conventional marriage, Hedda Gabler indulges in a cruel game, amusing herself with the misfortune she inflicts on those around her. Hedda struggles to balance her wild desires against the presentable life she’s chosen for herself, but instead sets into motion a manic chain of events. A new interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic, Hedda Gabler is surprising, scandalous and subversive.”
Whilst this production was critically acclaimed, since then many other productions have taken place around the world. In 2012 it was announced that Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic Theatre in London would mount a new production starring TV star and multi Olivier Award winning actress Sheridan Smith in the title role. The production features direction by Anna Mackmin, in a translation by Brian Friel.
Hedda Gabler in the West End
2008 – The Barbican, London
2005 – Duke of York’s Theatre, London, Almeida Theatre London
Most recent productions of Hedda Gabler in London’s West End have included celebrity names in the title role. Richard Eyre’s 2005 production which opened at the Almeida before transferring to the Duke of York’s was famous for starring Eve Best alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Lisa Dillon. The production won the 2006 Olivier Award for Best Play Revival. The show is currently playing in the West End, please see this sites London page for advice on tickets.