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Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Patrick Marber

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Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free.

This vital new version by Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) opened at the National Theatre, London, in December 2016.

Critic Reviews

This smartly conceived and surprisingly understated reading of an overfamiliar classic – lent a fresh translation by Patrick Marber... a bold, clear, finally harrowing account of the play... right at the eleventh hour, we’re being presented with one of the performances and productions of the year.

Daily Telegraph
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A brisk, cobweb-free, new version by Patrick Marber... forces us to see Ibsen’s masterpiece with fresh eyes.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Norwegian poet and playwright, was one of the shapers of modern theatre, who tempered naturalism with an understanding of social responsibility and individual psychology. His earliest major plays, Brand (1866) and Peer Gynt (1867), were large-scale verse dramas, but with Pillars of the Community (1877) he began to explore contemporary issues. There followed A Doll’s House (1879),…

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