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Hedda Gabler

There is a rich tradition of male anti-heroes in drama: Hamlet, Eddie Carbone, even Walter White. But for women, the list is rather more limited. Yet, Hedda Gabler is one of the few neurotic female lead roles in theatre, and is often referred to as the ‘female Hamlet’ in terms of the role’s sheer dramatic weight.   Director Ivo van Hove’s production […]

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NT’s Hedda Gabler: A Preview

This October, an exciting modern reconstruction of the century-old masterpiece Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen, is coming to the Festival Theatre. Directed by the renowned Ivo van Hove, this show is set to be a dynamic and bracing performance: a must-see.   True to form, van Hove, working with award-winning playwright Patrick Marber, has invigorated […]

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Hedda Gabler

Often held up as the ‘female Hamlet’, Hedda Gabler exists in a tradition that too easily resembles a desert in terms of female leading roles. Thus, the comparison is not thoughtless. In Hedda, not only is the actor offered a central, title-wielding role, but also one riddled with conflicts, pressures and a story-arc to rival […]