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Laying The Ghost

by Simon Williams

19th to 22nd November 2003

The Beacon Centre
01494 677764

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

performed by BTG May 1957

A Drama

Hedda, recently married to Jorgen Tesman, is exasperated and contemptuous of her husband's smug middle-class attitudes. She admires, but resents, the brilliant scholar Loevborg who has come to town with her old school friend Thea Elvsted; he is in competition with Jorgen for a professional appointment. She amuses herself by flirting with Judge Brack who invites Jorgen and Loevborg to a stag party, where in a drunken stupor Loevborg loses the manuscript of his important new book. Jorgen finds the document and Hedda, secretly enjoying the power of influencing destiny, destroys it. Loevborg is distraught over the loss and Hedda gives him one of her father's pistols and suggests he does away with himself - beautifully. Thea is devastated by the suicide attempt, but she has recovered the original notes of his book and scholar Tesman offers to help reconstruct the manuscript. Brack, who has discovered where Loevborg got the gun, now has Hedda in his grasp, and Tesman is too busy to be concerned. Hedda makes a grave decision.

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