Adapted by Adena Jacobs from the play by Henrik Ibsen
Director Adena Jacobs

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 28 June – 3 August 2014

    After the Broadway premiere of Hedda Gabler in 1902, one reviewer wrote of its extraordinary heroine: ‘Degenerate, selfish, morbid, cruel, bitter, jealous, something of a visionary, something of a lunatic.’

    Hedda Gabler is trapped inside a conventional life: she married the scholar George Tesman. But money is short, Tesman’s old rival Ejlert Lövborg has turned up again, Judge Brack is visiting with alarming regularity, and Hedda Gabler’s volcanic boredom is reaching its limits. So begins a dangerous game of finding purpose in a purposeless existence.

    Belvoir’s Resident Director Adena Jacobs has an uncanny ability to uncover the torrents of instinct that run beneath the routines of modern living. Ash Flanders is a man who has made an artform out of playing tragic heroines.

    Their Hedda Gabler is a primal close-up of Ibsen’s electrifying marriage tragedy.


    Adapted by Adena Jacobs from the play by Henrik Ibsen
    Director Adena Jacobs
    Set Designer Dayna Morrissey
    Costume Designer David Fleischer
    Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
    Composer Kelly Ryall
    Dramaturg Luisa Hastings Edge
    Fight Director Scott Witt
    Stage Manager Edwina Guinness
    Assistant Stage Manager Angharad Lindley


    Branden Christine
    Lynette Curran
    Ash Flanders
    Marcus Graham
    Anna Houston
    Oscar Redding
    Tim Walter

    Production images by Ellis Parrinder
    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman

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