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Melody2

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#236856 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted mallardo on 13 September 2012 - 11:42 AM

Actually Charles Spencer is the one who gets it right.  Billington's problem is with Friel's "version" and I agree with the points he makes in that regard.  The Independent review is ridiculous.


#237814 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted djp on 21 September 2012 - 06:18 PM

View PostMelody2, on 13 September 2012 - 10:24 PM, said:

Well said Mallardo,I totally agree with you. The Telegraph's Charles Spencer has got it absolutely right, as he praises this production, and in particular, Sheridan Smith. Parsley's entitled to his own apparently biased opinion, but it's not really credible, as it was formed after only watching the first half! Maybe he should go again to see what he missed! There are so many more excellent reviews appearing, written by experienced, well-respected theatre critics, who have 'seen it all'. They certainly know what they're talking about. ( The Stage, Time Out, London Evening Standard, The Times - 5 star!)

I'll go with the 5 star after seeing it on Wednesday for the matinee. The story works fine and Sheridan takes us onboard for her ride. She simmers and boils nicely with  flashes of anger, and manages to be despicable while still making the audience feel for her. She draws the eye even when not centre stage. A considerably  older looking  George stresses the mismatch a bit, but everyone else seemed fine to me too. Apart from  a wonderful build into the finale,  I thought the fireplace scene was wonderfully done. I sat there thinking how effective and dramatic it was,  and how totally into it  Sheridan  was,  and began marvelling at how she was managing to manage such big flames. I looked on twitter later,  and it seems she was  burning her fingers doing it - but without a flicker detracting from the character. The girl's a trooper - and a star.


#236838 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted Kathryn2 on 13 September 2012 - 09:10 AM

You see, not knowing the play at all, or having seen it before, I just don't quite understand what it is that's meant to be wrong with it. What's wrong with Tesman being funny? How does it 'miss the target'? I loved it.


#236947 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted Melody2 on 13 September 2012 - 10:24 PM

Well said Mallardo,I totally agree with you. The Telegraph's Charles Spencer has got it absolutely right, as he praises this production, and in particular, Sheridan Smith. Parsley's entitled to his own apparently biased opinion, but it's not really credible, as it was formed after only watching the first half! Maybe he should go again to see what he missed! There are so many more excellent reviews appearing, written by experienced, well-respected theatre critics, who have 'seen it all'. They certainly know what they're talking about. ( The Stage, Time Out, London Evening Standard, The Times - 5 star!)


#236626 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted theatrepaul on 11 September 2012 - 05:25 PM

There's something about seeing Sheridan Smith which just captivates me. I truly believe she will become one of our GREAT stage actresses and I am very excited about seeing her in this role.


#236676 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted Melody2 on 12 September 2012 - 01:23 AM

What nonsense Parsley is talking again! The theatre was packed tonight, Tuesday, and the cast received a standing ovation. I really don't think he understands Ibsen at all, and it is he who is out of his depth! Sheridan knows exactly how she wants to portray the complex emotions of Hedda, and she brings a fresh approach to the character, which enables us to more easily understand what's going on in Hedda's mind. I've seen many actresses play Hedda, and this is the first time I could actually 'get' her!  Excellent supporting cast too, so I don't know how Parsley can call them 'mediocre'. Entitled to his own opinion of course, but he needs to read the many positive reviews from appreciative members of the audience - such as The Other Bridge Project - Hedda review, and Revstan - Hedda review.(Google them)