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28th May, 2022

Ibsen's Hedda Gabler gets a contemporary re-working at Leamington's Loft Theatre

HENRIK Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler gets a contemporary re-working in Hedda at Leamington’s Loft Theatre from January 19 to 29.

Lucy Kirkwood adapted the Norwegian playwright’s nineteenth century classic and it was first performed in London in 2008.

Hedda, still mourning the father she adored, returns from honeymoon with a husband she doesn’t love, to a flat and a pregnancy she doesn’t want.

Trapped by her past and fearful of her future, bored by her life but too cowardly to walk away from it, she finds herself caught between three men.

And in the end, something has to give.

Director, Sue Moore said: “Hedda Gabler is timeless and has been the fascination of the world stage for over 100 years.

“This contemporary interpretation by Lucy Kirkwood is a showcase for her brilliant skill at writing natural dialogue. Those who witnessed this writing in our staging of her play ‘The Children’ last September and from the feedback we had will, I am sure, be attracted to see more.

“Hedda continues to be relevant. It is dramatic, funny and clever and tackles eternal themes such as desire, love, and power. It is one of the greatest plays in history and this modern day version is faithful to that.”

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