drayton arms theatre, london
This production was the premiere of a new version Alisdair Kitchen; made contemporary and direct, the text is nevertheless true to Ibsen's original.
FIVE STARS LondonTheatre1.com
"Euphonia have managed to create a piece of theatre which is gripping, weirdly beautiful and deeply, achingly human....Director Alisdair Kitchen has adapted Ibsen’s masterpiece with skill and sense...
...the cast play their very disparate characters with finesse and sensitivity. Jordan Bernarde’s George is a masterclass in loveable, oblivious bumbling, in stark contrast to Benedict Waring’s oily, devious Brack. Thea, Clea Martin, is a nervous wreck and Ollie Dickens brilliantly portrays the mercurial Eilert as a man ever on the brink of falling. Of course, the success of the play rests on Hedda’s slim shoulders, and Stephanie Schmalzle bears the weight with no sign of breaking into a sweat... We believe in Schmalzle’s Hedda. We feel for her, while at the same time deploring her selfishness and her heartless machinations. We watch her careering headlong and we know she is going to crash, but we can’t tear our eyes away.
....An intelligent, poignant and moving production, and most definitely worth the considerable emotional energy you will inevitably expend."
Hedda: Stephanie Schmalzle
Tesman: Jordan Bernarde
Lovborg: Ollie Dickens
Thea: Clea Martin
Brack: Benedict Waring
Adapted, directed and designed by Alisdair Kitchen.