Hedda Gabler to Greenwich

 Date:06/11/2007 - 02/12/2007
 Type:Culture, Performing Arts
 Location:England, Greenwich

Ibsen's twisted heroine has fascinated theatregoers for generations and is considered one of the truly great roles for an actress. Following successful productions of ‘A Doll’s House’ (2005) and an earlier staging of ‘Hedda Gabler’ in 2001, internationally acclaimed Galleon Theatre Company are bringing the latter play to Greenwich, London.

When first written, 'Hedda Gabler' was universally condemned because it irreverently exposed 19th century bourgeois morality. Today it is one of Ibsen’s most popular of plays. In 'Hedda Gabler' he offers his most complex and indomitable of female creations: an intelligent and ambitious woman who has inadvertently constructed her own stifling prison through complicity with bourgeois society and acceptance of a marriage of convenience. Longing for life but yet fearful of scandal, Hedda represses her deepest needs and desires and fails to discover herself or to embrace the full wonderment of human experience.

In 'Hedda Gabler', Ibsen displayed pioneering understanding of women’s emotional and physical needs. Although he denied that he was a feminist, his depiction of the exploitation of women, the constrictive life they experienced once married and the psychological and emotional damage this often caused them - confirmed him as an apostle of female causes. However, it was his libertarian preoccupation with humanity in general and his denouncement of all obstacles inhibiting personal freedom that issued a challenge to contemporary morality and affected profound change on European literature and political thought.

In this staging of Ibsen’s most celebrated of plays, Galleon Theatre Company expertly fuse comedy and pathos through a sexually charged, thought provoking and highly entertaining production of an incomparable play, written by a great pioneer of European theatre.

'Hedda Gabler' boasts creative leadership from a very established, award winning team. It is directed by Bruce Jamieson who has previously directed over twenty Galleon productions and played leading roles in some sixty stage plays. The play’s producer is Alice de Sousa who has created over seventy stage plays; played leading roles in some thirty theatre productions; written many highly acclaimed stage and screen scripts; and in 2005 won the American Biographical Institute’s awards of ‘Great Women of the 21st Century’ and ‘Woman of the Year Award 2005’.

'Hedda Gabler'
6 November – 2 December
Greenwich Playhouse
Greenwich Station Forecourt
189 Greenwich High Road
London SE10, 8JA
Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm
Tickets: £11, £9 (concs.)
Box Office: 020 8858 9256 or

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'Hedda Gabler' runs at Greenwich Playhouse from 6 November to 2 December.

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