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Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
Germany

Hedda Gabler

Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

Venue Abbey Theatre
Date 29 Sep - 30 Sep 7.30pm
1 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 1hr 55mins



Translated by Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel

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A provocative, unsparing indictment of the bourgeoisie when it was first performed in 1891, Hedda Gabler still retains its capacity to shock. Ibsen's spoiled, self-absorbed heroine responds to her dull new marriage and failed upper-class ambitions with such viciousness and malignant disregard, that within one day she has destroyed everyone around her and, ultimately, herself.

Her tragedy is timeless, and as re-envisioned by vanguard German director Thomas Ostermeier, it is startlingly immediate. In a hyper-modern apartment, the austerity of Hedda's environment somehow makes her actions all the more horrific. Ostermeier effectively distills the work's raw emotional core to devastating effect. Celebrating the 100th anniversary since Henrik Ibsen’s death, Hedda Gabler has become one of his most powerful plays. Having conquered European theatres with his realistic theatre language in the 19th century, Ibsen became the example for German naturalists, with plays including Pillars of Society, A Doll’s House, The Wild Duck and Rosmersholm.

Thomas Ostermeier, one of Germany’s most exciting and visionary directors, has been one of the artistic directors of the Schaubühne since 1999. Following his productions Nora and The Master Builder, he continues his analysis of Ibsen's work with Hedda Gabler. 

Performed in German with English surtitles.

With the support of the Goethe-Institut Dublin and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

"THOMAS OSTERMEIER, THE HOTTEST YOUNG DIRECTOR IN GERMAN THEATRE" - Michael Billington

"UNDER OSTERMEIER’S ASTRINGENT GAZE, IBSEN’S PLAY ISN’T A SOUL-SCOURING TRAGEDY; IT’S CHILLING, UGLY, OMINOUS AND MORDANTLY FUNNY" The Guardian on A Doll’s House

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