REVIEW: HEDDA GABLER (New Victoria Theatre) ★★★★

Woking’s New Victoria Theatre is perhaps best known for its staging of popular main stream productions, However occasionally it delivers a real “Tour De Force” and Director Ivo Van Hove makes his debut with a radical new version of Ibsen’s most famous play.

Hedda Gabler has just returned from her honeymoon with George Tesman, an aspiring young academic and their relationship is already in trouble. This plus the reappearance of Tesman’s academic rival, Eilert Lovborg, throws all their lives into disarray, Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, which ultimately sees her world unravel with dire consequences.

Taking the title role in this adaption is Lizzy Watts who delivers a “Mesmerizing” and at times “Deeply Disturbing” performance. One cannot help but feel deeply uncomfortable as we watch her descend from slightly unbalanced through to her final unhinged and truly certifiable moments.

The entire cast delivers commendable supporting performances but a highpoint for me was Adam Best who was truly menacing as the blackmailing Judge Brack.

If like me, you want to broaden your range of theatrical experiences, Book now for Hedda Gabler as its continues on its tour around the UK.

Reviewed by Neil Mcfarlane


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