Following a sell-out season at the Almeida Theatre, the criticallt acclaimed Hedda Gabler transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre for a strictly limited 11 1/2 week season, from 19 May 2005.
Award-winning director Sir Richard Eyre has adapted and directs this "dynamic new version" (Sunday Times), featuring a "superb cast" (The Independent), led by Eve Best - "climbing so fast up the artistic ladder that we soon won't see her for the clouds" (The Times) - in the title role of Hedda Gabler.
Arriving home after an extended honeymoon Hedda Gabler struggles with an existence that is, for her, devoid of excitement and enchantment. Filled with a passion for life that canno be confined by her marriage or 'perfect home', Hedda strives to find a way to fulfil her desires by manipulating those around her.
"This is a wonderful production of Ibsen's magnificent play, and one that confirms Eve Best as a truly great actress. Both Eyre's staging of this new version and the extraordinary central performance penetrate to the very heart of the play. Blessed withsome marvellous supporting performances, this is Hedda Gabler that gets you in the guts. An electrifying hit." Daily Telegraph
"Richard Eyre's production is an exercise in virtuoso stagecraft." Sunday Telegraph
"Sexy and elecrifying - Hedda Gabler lives." Daily Telegraph
Starring Eve Best, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lisa Dillon, Sarah Flind, Iain Glen, Gillian Raine and James Sives
Written by Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Richard Eyre