Our acclaimed production of The Wild Duck goes to Perth International Arts Festival following hit seasons over the last 5 years in Sydney, Melbourne, the International Ibsen Festival Oslo, Wiener Festwochen, the Holland Festival, and the Barbican Centre’s International Ibsen Season.

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.

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.


Airlie Dodds John Gaden Anthony Phelan Richard Pyros Steve Rodgers Katherine Tonkin


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 Glenn Dulihanty Head of Sound/Operator Caitlin Porter Stage Manager Luke McGettigan Assistant Stage Manager Amy Morcom

Performance Times

3-13 March
Perth International Arts Festival

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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

… 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