+ intro by Waris Hussein and actor Dame Janet Suzman
Waris Hussein marshals an incredible cast in this intelligent production of Ibsen’s play.
Play of the Month. BBC 1972
Dir Waris Hussein
With Janet Suzman, Ian McKellen, Tom Bell, Jane Asher, Brendan Barry
Waris Hussein marshals an incredible cast in this intelligent and perceptive production of Ibsen’s classic play, translated by Michael Mayer. Suzman captures the full visceral power of Hedda, a woman trapped by the petit bourgeois society in which she lives. Her frightening manipulation of all those around her to satisfy her own cravings to ‘feel alive’ is beautifully articulated through Lovborg’s (Tom Bell) descent into tragedy, while McKellen’s George Tesman is perfectly pitched.