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)

Following hit seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, the International Ibsen Festival Oslo, Wiener Festwochen and the Holland Festival, our production of The Wild Duck played to great acclaim as part of the Barbican Centre’s (London) International Ibsen Season.

About the play:
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. Simon Stone has transplanted Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a play tailor-made for an astonishing cast. A bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial.

Touring cast

Brendan Cowell
John Gaden
Anita Hegh
Richard Piper
Sara West

Dan Wyllie


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
Production Manager Chris Mercer
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Amy Morcom
Sound Operator Caitlin Porter
Head Mechanist Todd Wilson

Image Gallery

Production photos by Danilo Moroni



This bare, streamlined production – funny at the start – builds to an elemental sadness that I’ve rarely seen outside Greek tragedy… Ibsen’s malleable story here feels as much about competing kinds of love, piercingly expressed by this uniformly excellent cast, as the perils of honesty.

Serena Davies | The Telegraph, UK

… this is heartbreaking drama, so truthfully acted it would make a stone weep… I’ve not been this moved by Ibsen since Janet McTeer’s Nora in A Doll’s House, one of the great performances one gets to see in a lifetime, so that should tell you how fine an achievement this is. Don’t miss it.

David Nice | The Arts Desk, UK

Simon Stone’s heartrending vision for the play may not quite be what Ibsen had in mind when he penned The Wild Duck, but it is certainly engrossing modern theatre that says much about both his own era and our own. Don’t miss it.

Philip Fisher | British Theatre Guide

Australia’s Belvoir Sydney company, familiar to British audiences through their wonderful family epic Cloudstreet, confirm their stature with this marvellous production and cast who capture the play’s distress and pain with an entirely new, devastating immediacy.

Timothy Ramsden | Reviews Gate

★ ★ ★ ★

…taught, electrifying and pulsing with a feverish passion.

Rowena Hawkins | Plays to See, UK

… this is an excellent piece of theatre, a new play placed solidly on Ibsen’s shoulders.

Dagbladet (The Daily Magazine), Norway

Stone’s gone straight for the jugular in his surgery of Ibsen’s text and given it a newfound fierceness and muscularity.

Time Out Sydney