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Hedda Gabler

By Henrik Ibsen
in a new version by Richard Eyre
Directed by Amanda Gaughan

“For once in my life I want to control a man’s fate”

With a distinguished father, a reputable husband, and a respectable home, Hedda’s life is beyond reproach, anything else would be scandalous. For excitement she turns to the lives of others; enchanting and beguiling them, bending them to her will, determined to be a woman of consequence, whatever the consequences.

Ibsen's classic drama of passion and desperation follows a dangerously irresistible woman as she rushes headlong towards a disaster that will embrace all those who have fallen fatally under her spell.

Amanda Gaughan is an Associate Artist at The Lyceum. Most recently she was Associate Director on The James Plays for the National Theatre Scotland; National Theatre of Great Britain and Edinburgh International Festival.

Cast and Credits


  • Nicola Daley, Hedda Gabler
  • Sally Edwards, Julia Tesman
  • Lewis Hart, George Tesman
  • Vari Sylvester, Berthe
  • Jack Tarlton, Eilbert Loevborg
  • Jade Williams, Thea Elvsted
  • Benny Young, Judge Brack


  • Amanda Gaughan, Director (Lyceum Associate Artist)
  • Jean Chan, Designer
  • Simon Wilkinson, Lighting Designer
  • Claire McKenzie, Composer/Sound Design
  • EJ Boyle, Movement Director
  • Ros Steen, Voice
  • Carter Ferguson, Fight Director


Hedda Gabler at The Lyceum

Dates and Times

20 March – 11 April 2015

20, 21 and 23 March, 7.30pm
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EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2pm

Runtime: Approximately 2hrs 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

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EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29*
Wednesday and Saturday: £12.50 - £24*

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  • Thursday 2 April - 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 4 April - 2pm
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 8 April - 7.30pm


  • Saturday 11 April - 2pm

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Creative Learning Events

Come and join our experts in a discussion of the wider themes, the writer and the play's historical context.

  • Wednesday 25 March | 10.30am - 12noon
  • Wyndham Bar
  • Tickets: £6 per event, includes complimentary coffee and tea

Join us in the Stalls of the auditorium post-show to meet the cast and director for a discussion about the performance

  • Tuesday 31 March

Press Coverage

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Mark Brown, Sunday Herald
"captivating, beautiful, dangerous and anguished heroine"

Allan Radcliffe, The Times 
"Gaughan builds momentum with care, culminating in a wonderfully tense set-piece..."

Mark Fisher, The Guardian 
"...she [Amanda Gaughan] stages the play with a twitchy tension – fluid one moment, prickly the next– that does much justice to its brooding forces..."

David Pollock, The List 
"...Jean Chan’s moving set plays with a depth of field effect and Claire McKenzie’s eerie score drives on much of the second act"

Mark Brown, The Telegraph
"An impressive, if not flawless, Hedda Gabler, then, and one which deserves to be remembered for a brilliant and affecting performance in the title role"

Thom Dibdin, The Stage
"Atmospheric, comic and defiantly tragic"

Simon Thompson, What's On Stage
"....the greatest virtue of this Lyceum production is that it allows the story to speak with maximum clarity and minimum fuss"

Justine Blundell, Edinburgh Guide
"...seriously strong supporting cast, the look and feel of this production hits all the right notes..."

The Public Reviews
"...a non-traditional re-imagining of a classic piece of realist drama, well thought out, and well worth a trip to the theatre" 

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"she fully realises that the surging power of Ibsen’s drama comes from a much deeper place, the place where Hedda is a classic flawed protagonist, and her own worst enemy"

Nicky Melville, The Mumble
"...fine ensemble of actors, delivering a sharp and wry version of Richard Eyre’s interpretation of Ibsen’s classic."

Neil Cooper, The Herald 
"Hedda's mask slips from vivaciousness to hormonally driven self-destructive grand gestures"

Neil McEwan, TV Bomb
"Poised and poisonous, alluring and unstable, [Hedda] perfect captures the contradiction and fragility that underpin this seemingly confident woman"

Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre
"Nicola Daley’s Hedda is suitably glacial, with her fixed smile constantly on the verge of cracking as she seeks to repress whatever is going on inside"

Click on the quotes for full articles 

"Our characters are in conflict with maintaining perceived societal ideals: where men can take direct and public action, whereas women were less, and expected to remain behind the scenes." Amanda Gaughan in Edinburgh Evening News

"I'm not interested in creating a rigid chamber piece, this play is about life, death, sex, rock'n'roll, it's got to have that visceral energy behind it."  Susan Mansfield interviews Amanda Gaughan in The Scotsman 

"I find in a lot of my work I’m interested in strong women getting put through the ringer. I love seeing strong female roles on stage." Amanda Gaughan in The Skinny 



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