A round-up of reviews of Hedda Gabler starring Sheridan Smith at the Old Vic Theatre in London
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.
Read more reviews below.
Average rating score for this production:
"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."
"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."
"Anna Mackmin's very good production is marred by the tendency of Brian Friel's new version to spell out things Ibsen left implicit."
"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."
"She [Sheridan Smith] has a radiant, poised beauty, but there are dark, disturbed, destructive impulses running beneath the facade. "
Date: 13 September 2012
Written by: WestEndTheatre
Tags: Adrian Scarborough, Anna Mackmin, Anne Reid, Buffy Davis, Fenella Woolgar, Hedda Gabler, Sheridan Smith, The Old Vic