Hedda Gabler


Classical theatre

Old Vic

Until Sat Nov 10 2012

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Adrian Scarborough (George) and Sheridan Smith (Hedda) © Johan Persson

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David Hayter

The set is beautiful and the actors really enlivened Ibsen. Hedda Gabler is confounding and intentionally ambiguous, and I was really enjoyed the way the actors brought life and charisma to the characters without leading the audience. Sheridan Smith's body language was superb, and she masterfully handled one of theatre's great complex and contradictory characters. Hey even the big army of school kids loved it, it was great to hear them overreacting to each twist and macabre turn.


Stage design was indeed great and there were flashes of brilliance during the play but overall I found most actors poorly chose even though they tried quite hard. Had no problems with the staff. They even let me switch to better seats when the people occupying them did not arrive.


Play good...experience because of staff poor. Better watch it on youtube


Sheridan Smith - the astonishingly good heart of a story so dark, light and invigoratingly told. So much so that I had to go and get a little drunk afterwards to recover. Really stays with you!