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MIF: The Fountainhead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ayn Rand adapted by Koen Tachelet Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The 2019 Manchester International Festival (MIF) has not been without controversy. There has been a dispute about authorship of one of the plays and an absent presenter literally phoned-in her address at the opening event.  Staging an adaptation of The Fountainhead– Ayn Rand’s epic tribute to ...

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All About Eve – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Adaptor and Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Two big stories compete for space in this exciting interpretation of a classic. Both are brought to life vividly, though don’t seem to depend on each other. All About Eve feels like two plays with the same characters. Eve turns up at the stage door of Margot Channing’s playhouse every night ...

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Hedda Gabler – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maggie Constable After a sell-out and critically-acclaimed run at the National Theatre, Hedda Gabler has commenced its tour of the U.K and arrives at Milton Keynes this week. Patrick Marber’s adapted version of this Ibsen classic is directed by Ivo Van Hove. Both are winners of Tony and ...

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Hedda Gabler – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Smith Barely home from her honeymoon with her new husband George Tesman – a steady but distinctly average academic – and Hedda is already bored to death with a marriage she wasn’t that enthusiastic about in the first place. When George’s former academic rival and now recovered ...

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Hedda Gabler – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering what happened to the young Hedda Gabler to make her the woman she is. She appears unpleasant, manipulative and bullying, entirely in charge of her life. She has captured the heart of the affable Tesman and they are now returned to the ...

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Hedda Gabler- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The National Theatre’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler takes a very modern approach to a classic text. Hedda Gabler (Lizzy Watts) feels that she is living below her expectations. Having sown her wild oats in her youth with the free-spirited writer Lovborg (Richard ...

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Hedda Gabler – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adapter: Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dominic Corr The confines of the corset are no more. Stripped bare of unnecessary frivolities, Ivo van Hove’s reputation for successfully coaxing texts into a modern setting is well known. Relying on subtlety and talent, as opposed to grandeur, has paid off for the National Theatre as Norwegian playwright, ...

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Hedda Gabler – National Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hedda Gabler is one of theatre’s foremost roles for women. The part is so complex and internalised that it is often compared to Hamlet, and for many female actors attempting it remains a mark of their seriousness as a performer. Hedda’s fascination lies in the many interpretations that the role ...

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