Winner of four 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards including
Best Mainstage Production
Best Direction of a Mainstage Production (Simon Stone)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anita Hegh)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production
(Anthony Phelan)

Winner of three 2011 Helpmann Awards including
Best Play
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play 
(Anthony Phelan)
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anita Hegh)

Hjalmar Ekdal’s father was rich until scandal cast the family into poverty. Now he lives in a tiny flat with his father, his wife Gina and his daughter Hedvig. And a duck. And there’s about to be a new member of the household. Gregers Werle has just returned to town with some unfinished business that could shatter the little world Hjalmar has built around himself.

Over the past few years, Simon Stone has been excavating Ibsen’s array of brutal and tender tragedies and reconstructing them for the modern stage. The process has already brought about The Only Child in the Downstairs Theatre in 2009. Now it’s The Wild Duck’s turn.

Stone has transplanted Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a new play tailor-made for an astonishing cast. This bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial will resound for a new age in Belvoir’s first show of the 2011 season.


John Gaden
Anita Hegh
Ewen Leslie
Eloise Mignon
Anthony Phelan
Toby Schmitz


By Simon Stone with Chris Ryan after Henrik Ibsen
Director Simon Stone
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Dramaturg Eamon Flack
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Amy Morcom



‘devastatingly good… with a brilliant new script.’

Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph

‘to be enjoyed and savoured long after it’s over.’

Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

‘punchy, thoughtful, moving… riveting’

Alex Lalak, The Daily Telegraph

‘This exciting new production showcases an incredible cast, whilst bringing an old story to a new audience with clarity and vigour…. The performances are stunning.’

Dee Jefferson, The Brag

‘This is a five-star review – it bloody well works… Every character is honest, believable and human… and it’s an excellent ensemble.’

Darryn King, Time Out Sydney