Hedda Gabler - Old Vic
Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:51 PM
Going to book my tickets this week I think. Will be interested to hear how it goes from previews...?
Posted 04 September 2012 - 12:58 PM
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:31 PM
Not forgetting Emma on the Royle Family all those years ago!
Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:47 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:50 AM
There is a brief dumb show before the play begins with Hedda in a filmy nightgown wandering the rooms of the big new house like a prisoner in a glass cage and this sets the tone for the evening. Hedda Gabler is such a complex and repellent character in so many ways with her malicious contempt and her wilful destructiveness and we get all of that from Sheridan but we also get her deep vulnerability and frantic despair. For the first time in my brief experience of the play, I felt that I understood Hedda and why she was doing these appalling things. She's not only trapped in this house, she's trapped inside herself, unable to restrain herself from lashing out. There are four doors in the set and Hedda invariably closes them when they're left open as if to separate herself from her life, as if she knows that around others, she's out of control .
If Sheridan weren't so compelling, Adrian Scarborough would steal the show as the naive, coddled, overgrown boy that is George Tesman. His unprepossessing looks and demeanor rather emphasize the gap between him and his new wife making the what-is-she-doing-with-him factor even more extreme than usual but he is so marvellously entertaining in the role that one overlooks it. Fenella Woolgar is terrific as the overwrought Thea and Daniel Lapaine is a fine and utterly convincing Loevborg.
I was less happy with Darrell D'Silva's bearish Judge Brack but, alas for him, he's the one who gets saddled with the worst element of Brian Friel's "version" (not translation) of the play. He has given Brack a penchant for American colloquialisms, which slightly amuses at first but quickly wears out its welcome. When was the last time you heard "Gee whiz" and "Making whoopee" in an Ibsen play? Hopefully, never again.
But it's Sheridan Smith's show and she is wonderful, her frozen smile masking a world of pain. She's a remarkable actress.
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