This April 5th -13th at the Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay Little Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen’s 1890 masterpiece, Hedda Gabler, staged with an intriguing twist. Director Catherine Hannon, whose 2017 production of The Drawer Boy won ‘Best Production’ honours at Theatre BC’s Mainstage Festival, has chosen to set this version in Vancouver in 1963. Canadian playwright (and double Governor General Award winner) Judith Thompson’s visceral and contemporary 2017 adaptation of Ibsen’s classic updates the still relevant drama’s dialogue. In order to bring to life Thompson’s versions of Ibsen’s fierce and complicated characters, Hannon has assembled a cast of well-trained and experienced actors: Allison Warnyca (Hedda), Maxamillian Wallace (George), Anthea Morritt (Thea), Robinson Wilson (Lovborg), Jon Faris (Judge Brack), Val Macdonald (Aunt J), and Jeannine Taylor (Berthe). Set in mid-September, 1963, Vancouver is emerging from the 1950’s and is on the cusp of the radical changes the 1960’s will bring. Hedda Gabler, a young society woman, is returning from her six month honeymoon in Europe. Her adoring new husband, George, is about to receive a professorship, and they are moving into an architect-designed house in West Van. It seems she has it all – but she is bored stiff. When Hedda’s former lover arrives in town to publicize his brilliant new book, she seizes the chance to give her life meaning, but events quickly flow out of control and lead to a shocking climax. HEDDA: “I am not like other women…don’t you understand?” At the core of this drama is the complex and contradictory character of Hedda. Referred to as the ‘female Hamlet’, the role has been played by many famous actors; Eleonora Duse, Ingrid Bergman and Cate Blanchett amongst others. Hedda Gabler continues to be performed worldwide since its premiere in 1891. Come and see an exciting new take on a classic piece of theatre! Tickets are on sale now at the Sid Williams Ticket Centre, 442 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, www.sidwilliamstheatre.com (250) 338-2430 ext. 1. All seats reserved: $28 for evening performances (April 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th at 7:30 pm); $26 for the Sunday April 7th 2 pm matinée. Groups of 6+: $24 per ticket. All ticket prices include the Sid Williams service fees. Content Warning: This event contains adult content, violence, and gunshots. (Also, seduction, destruction, drinking, jealousy, and love.) Recommended Age: 18 + For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
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