Hedda Gabler review – Ibsen’s ice maiden is wild at heart

Salisbury Playhouse
Kirsty Bushell adheres to Hedda’s destructiveness but invests her with humour and sexual allure in this bracingly intelligent revival

Ibsen’s Hedda is often described as the female Hamlet: the only real comparison is that both roles are spacious enough to take on the character of the person playing them. In Gareth Machin’s fine production, Kirsty Bushell – while adhering to Hedda’s destructiveness – invests her with a sexual allure and wild humour that prevent her seeming a cold-hearted Nordic ice maiden.

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