Anna Mackmin’s new production of Ibsen’s drama Hedda Gabler as opened at the Old Vic Theatre in London starring Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith (Legally Blonde, Flare Path) in the title role.
This adaptation of Ibsen’s play by Brian Friel also stars Buffy Davis, Anne Reid, Adrian Scarborough and Fenella Woolgar.
The critics have heaped lavish praise on Sheridan Smith, who has been hailed as “superb” by Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph and “one of the stage stars of her generation” by Henry Hitchings in the Standard.
"More than ever the play comes across as a study of a woman doomed to be a misfit. Smith’s admirable performance is its beating heart." Read more
The Daily Telegraph
"Anna Mackmin's staging is particularly good at creating an atmosphere of nervous unease... But the great thrill of the night is Sheridan Smith, revealing herself as an actress of truly tremendous talent and range." Read more
"Anna Mackmin's very good production is marred by the tendency of Brian Friel's new version to spell out things Ibsen left implicit." Read more
"this is in many respects an inadequate account of the part. Got up to look like a Georgette Heyer villainess, Smith projects effortfully in a strained high-pitched voice (Hedda is a natural mezzo) and in an unsteadily refined accent and for all the world comes over as a lovely Northern lass who has been landed with the awkward burden of portraying a self-hating, bitchy sophisticate." Read more
"She [Sheridan Smith] has a radiant, poised beauty, but there are dark, disturbed, destructive impulses running beneath the facade. " Read more