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Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada, 18th season, 8 June 1970

Published December 16, 1890, Hedda Gabler was performed in Munich, with Ibsen in the audience, January 31, 1891, with Frau Conrad-Ramlo as Hedda. In Copenhagen, Fru Hennings opened as Hedda, on February 25; Constance Brunn starred in Christiania the following night. The production with Elizabeth Robins in London, April 20, 1891, made quite a stir, as did the Paris production, December 17, 1891. Mrs. Fiske brought the play to New York 1903.

See also some further notes on Ibsen and Hedda Gabler.

The action takes place in Tesman's villa in the West end of town.

There will be two intervals of 12 minutes each.

Miss Juliana Tesman Anne Ives
Berte Christine Bennett
George Tesman Gordon Jackson Gordon Jackson's career as an actor includes feature roles in many of the major films of the decade. North American audiences will have seen him most recently as Mr. Lowther, the music-master, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other film roles include Run Wild, Run Free, Night of the Generals, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The lpcress File, Cast a Giant Shadow, Mutiny on the Bounty, Tunes of Glory and The Fighting Prince of Donegal.

His most recent work in theatre includes the role of Horatio to Nicol Williamson’s Hamlet in Tony Richardson’s production of the play, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award as best supporting actor of the year in 1969. He appeared as Banquo in Macbeth with Alec Guinness at the Royal Court Theatre, and as Simon Booker in a West End production of Wise Child, again with Alec Guinness. Most recently, he played Alfred in The Signalman’s Apprentice on tour in England in the fall of 1969.

Mr. Jackson has also made innumerable guest appearances on leading television shows, including The Avengers, Dr. Finlay’s Casebook, Gideon’s Way, Comedy Playhouse and The Troubleshooters.

Gordon Jackson, Hedda Gabler, 1970
Hedda Tesman Irene Worth Irene Worth was with the Stratford Festival season in 1953 as Helena in All's Well That Ends Well and Queen Margaret in Richard III, and again in 1959 as Rosalind in As You Like It. Miss Worth has appeared in leading roles in most major theatres in London's West End and on Broadway and with such companies as the Royal Shakespeare and the National Theatre. She holds several "best actress" awards for her performances, including the New York Drama Critics Award for the title role in Albee's Tiny Alice (1964), the London Evening Standard Award for Suite in Three Keys by Noel Coward (1966), the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for Hermione Hushabye in Heartbreak House (1967), and a British Film Academy Award for her 1958 film, Orders to Kill. Her many celebrated stage roles include the title part in Mary Stuart which she played in London, Edinburgh and New York; Goneril in the RSC's King Lear, both in London and on world tour and Jocasta in Seneca's Oedipus for the National Theatre. Miss Worth appeared with the Yale Drama School in a production of Prometheus Bound (1966) and this past season recreated her role of Miss Alice in a London production of the Albee play. Other recent roles include Goneril in the Peter Brook/Paul Scofield film of King Lear in Denmark. Irene Worth, Hedda Gabler, 1970
Mrs Elvsted Gillian Martell Gillian Martell, Hedda Gabler, 1970
Judge Brack Donald Davis
Eilert Lövborg Leo Ciceri
Directed by Peter Gill For three years director at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Peter Gilt was named "best director" for 1968 by the London Critics’ Poll in Variety and Plays and Players magazine. He directed the Royal Court production of The Daughter-in-Law by D. H. Lawrence, which toured Europe, winning first prize at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival (1968), and a season of Lawrence plays presented in repertory: A Collier’s Friday Night, The Daughter-in-Law and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. His credits as a director also include Life Price by Seabrook and O'Neill, Shaw's O’Flaherty V.C. at London's Mermaid Theatre (later repeated at the Vancouver Festival), Pinter's The Dwarfs and The Local Stigmatic by Heathcote Williams in Edinburgh, Much Ado about Nothing at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut, and Crimes of Passion by Joe Orton. A playwright as well as director, Mr. Gill has written A Provincial Life, The Sleeper's Den and Over Gardens Out, two of which have been performed at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs. He directed two one-acters by Harold Pinter, Landscape and Silence at the Lincoln Centre earlier this year and with Hedda Gabler, he directs his first Stratford production. Peter Gill, Hedda Gabler, 1970
Designed by Deirdre Clancy
Lighting Supervisor Gil Wechsler
Assistant to the Director Martin Kinch
New version by Christopher Hampton Christopher Hampton is a young playwright with two Royal Court Theatre productions of his works among his theatrical credits and a third scheduled for performance later this year. His first play, When Did You Last See My Mother was performed at Oxford in 1966 while he was a student there, then at the ROyal Court and later at the Comedy Theatre in London. His second play, Total Eclipse was given a Royal court production in 1968 and his adaptation of Uncle Vanya with Paul Scofield opened there earlier this year. Mr. Hampton’s third full-length play, The Philanthropist, will open at the Royal Court later in the year. His adaptation of Hedda Gabler is his first association with Stratford. Christopher Hampton, Hedda Gabler, 1970

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