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David Hoyle stars in a cinematic theatrical reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Limited Early Bird tickets available until Wed 2 Feb.
Hedda is beautiful, aristocratic, and intelligent, loaded with social grace and a steely, clear, dispassionate charisma. Life really isn’t good enough for Hedda. Like any of us, in life there are moments when we feel that this frustrating business of existence — as lived on our darkest days — really isn’t good enough for us either.
Set in a Lynchesque inspired world of dream imagery, drama, bespoke sound design, music and chanteuse style singing; the iconic avant-garde performer David Hoyle is HEDDA in this one-person, cinematic theatre reimagining, created and directed by Jen Heyes, of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, with original composition by Tom Parkinson. HEDDA (after Ibsen) moves past the obvious to create a darkly surreal show that doesn’t reduce it to our binary traditions. As Ibsen said ‘Hedda is first and foremost a human being’
Shot on location at Soho Theatre, HEDDA (after Ibsen) is a story of many faces, the absolute power of manipulation, influence, the crazed control of obsession and dark psychological unrest. It’s a 21st century unpicking of Ibsen’s original text from inside the hinterland of Hedda’s imagination. Unkind and self-serving to the point of thinking nothing of crushing the hopes of others and bored with all life has to offer. We first encounter this flawed femme fatale the morning after they return from a 6-month honeymoon to their newly acquired villa filled with expectation of their future life of ease and affluence. In reality, Hedda has only 2 pistols, an old piano and a portrait of a dead father; symbols from a past life, to cling to…
HEDDA (after Ibsen) is presented by CutToTheChase productions in association with Soho Theatre and was originally commissioned by The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University It has been funded by Arts Council England, The Arts Centre, and Soho Theatre.
Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. Full details at stream.sohotheatre.com.
HEDDA (after Ibsen) is available to stream Fri 4 – Sun 13 Feb. Limited numbers of Early Bird tickets are available to buy until Wed 2 Feb at £9.99 (£12.99 regular price). Early Bird ticket buyers will receive a redemption promo code before Fri 4 Feb.