Complete casting has been announced for the Old Vic's revival of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in London. Featuring the previously announced Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith in the title role, Hedda Gabler will also star Darrell D’Silva (Children’s Children, The White Devil) as Judge Brack and Daniel Lapaine (All My Sons, Scenes From the Back of Beyond) as Eilert Loevborg. Adapted by Brian Friel and directed by Anna Mackmin, Hedda Gabler begins performances September 5, with an official opening on September 12.
In addition to Smith, D’Silva and Lapaine, Hedda Gabler will feature Buffy Davis as Bertha, Anne Reid as Juliana Tesman, Adrian Scarborough as George Tesman and Fenella Woolgar as Thea Elvsted. First published by Norwegian playwright Ibsen in 1890, Hedda Gabler centers around the daughter of an aristocratic general (Smith) who has just returned home from her honeymoon with her husband George (Scarborough)—although Hedda despises him. Hedda’s despair transforms her independent spirit into rage as she contaminates the lives of everyone around her, setting off a chain of catastrophic events and ultimately bringing her story to a devastating end.
In addition to Hedda Gabler, the Old Vic’s upcoming season will offer Kiss Me Kate, starring Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe and Hannah Waddingham. Directed by Trevor Nunn, Kiss Me Kate begins performances November 20. Michael Frayn’s cold war drama Democracy begins previews June 15 and opens June 20, featuring Andrew Bridgmont, David Cann, Patrick Drury, Richard Hope, William Hoyland, Ed Hughes, David Mallinson, Aidan McArdle, James Quinn and Rupert Vansittart, with direction by Paul Miller.