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Hedda Gabler - Old Vic


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#1 paultheatre

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:40 PM

So, Sheridan Smith as Hedda.  Thoughts?

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:56 PM

It has only been a couple of years since the last major revival. I saw Adrian Noble’s touring production in Oxford, with Rosamund Pike in the lead - it never got the rumoured West End transfer, perhaps because the reviews were somewhat mixed. If Sheridan Smith can get the critics raving again, though, I can see this being a strong draw for a two month run.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:43 PM

Can't see this play working well in the barn that is the Old Vic irrespective of the casting.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

Maggie Smith played Hedda in the NT's production which transferred to the Old Vic in 1970.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:52 PM

Sheridan=fantastic. May even stretch to an overpriced ticket....when I see the reviews...

Saw the production with Rosamund Pike in Oxford...distinctly average, no wonder it never got to the West End!

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:15 PM

I thought Pike was good.  The production sucked.   I can't imagine Sheridan Smith in the role but it should be interesting.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:44 PM

Sheridan Smith was heartbreakingly wonderful in Flare Path - and her success in that role has clearly landed her this. It will stretch her but that is clearly what she wants.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:22 PM

I loved her in Flare Path too but that character - the fragile, stiff upper lip working class girl - was more or less in her comfort zone.  The haughty and fatally ambitious Hedda is something else.  She will definitely be a different Hedda and maybe that's the point. I'm actually very intrigued by the whole idea.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:27 PM

Didn't Eve Best play the role at The Almeida? Brilliantly I recall or am I thinking of someone else and a different play and another theatre?

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 05:37 PM

View PostLynette, on 12 June 2012 - 05:27 PM, said:

Didn't Eve Best play the role at The Almeida? Brilliantly I recall or am I thinking of someone else and a different play and another theatre?

She did and it transferred to the WE (IIRC I saw it somewhere on Shaftesbury Ave). Iain Glen was the judge and a not-yet-famous Benedict Cumberbatch was Tesman.




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