Hedda Gabler (2005) Theater


Benedict plays George Tesman, an academic who seems to life the perfect life – but nothing is as it seems in this Ibsen play

Directed by Richard Eyre, Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler (written in 1980) enjoyed it’s run at Londons Almeida Theatre from 10 March to 30 April 2005. The play was praised by critics and transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End after it’s run, where it could be seen until 6 August 2005.

It is possible to watch this play at the National Video Archive of Performance after booking an appointment.

The cast included Eve Best (Hedda Tesman (born Gabler)), Benedict Cumberbatch (George Tesman), Lisa Dillon (Thean Elvsted) and Ian Glen (Judge Brack).

What is Hedda Gabler about?:
Hedda, the daughter of a General and her husband George Tesman return from their honeymoon to Kristiania (Oslo). George is a young cultural historian, and seems to have achieved all of his dreams: not only that he is married to Hedda, professionally he also expects that once his cultural sciences thesis (which he had worked on during the honeymoon) is published, he will be awarded with a doctorate and professorship. But Hedda does not love George, and meets him with indifference. However, as Eilert Lovborg, with whom she had an affair during their youth, arrives, she starts to  remember her idea of another life. A game begins that quickly turns into a play of power, jealousy and destruction.


More information:
Photos/ Almeida Official Site/ Hedda Gabler Programme/ Hedda Gabler – Education Pack

„Thus Benedict Cumberbatch’s excellent Tesman is not some slippered pantaloon but a youthful scholar who takes his work seriously. When he tells Hedda he feels “inspired” by the task of reconstructing Loevborg’s manuscript, it is a gesture of rejection by a man tired of his wife’s parasitic cruelty.“The Guardian

„Benedict Cumberbatch memorably captures both the infatuated love and the moral cowardice of Hedda’s second-rate academic of a husband, while Iain Glen is hypnotically sinister as the blackmailing Judge Brack.“The Telegraph

„Benedict Cumberbatch as husband Tesman gives a beautifully turned performance as a serious youthful scholar whose spirit gains strength when, at the end of the play, he begins his new life’s work in collaboration with his natural partner, Lisa Dillon’s fragile but dogged Thea Elvsted.“The Stage

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