Among playwright Henrik Ibsen's many famous stage creations, Hedda Gabler remains one of his most iconic. The play follows the newly married eponymous character, who has gone from being her father's daughter to being her husband's wife, but is beginning to yearn for her own existence. It's a portrait of boredom, unhappiness and destruction — and over the past 127 years, everyone from Ingrid Bergman to Isabelle Huppert to Cate Blanchett have stepped into her shoes.
Now Wentworth and Rake's Danielle Cormack follows them. Queensland Theatre's production, simply entitled Hedda, isn't quite like all of the others, however. For one, it transports the tale to the Gold Coast and places Cormack's Hedda in the middle of a drug empire — with her husband running the show, and her addict ex-flame just out of prison and back on the scene.
Written by London-based playwright Melissa Bubnic and directed by Paige Rattray, this is a distinctive re-imagining of the play, updated with spritzes and poolside scheming to the 21st century.
Hedda's season runs from Saturday, November 10 to Saturday, December 8 at Queensland Theatre's Bille Brown Theatre.