Jan 2014

May 2014

Hedda Gabler

Directed by Max Lewende
By Henrik Ibsen Translated from the Norwegian by Michael Meyer
A co-production with King's Theatre, Southsea

Icarus brings you one of the earliest challenges to modern patriarchy, a brazen precursor to feminism and gender equality. Recession and economic boom sit side by side in Hedda’s world, antiquated by patriarchal society and made vibrant by Hedda’s lust for life.

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These impulses come over me all of a sudden, and I just can’t resist them.

Icarus brings you one of the earliest challenges to modern patriarchy, a brazen precursor to feminism and gender equality. Recession and economic boom sit side by side in Hedda’s world, antiquated by patriarchal society and made vibrant by Hedda’s lust for life.

Hedda Gabler, one of the most notorious heroes in theatre, was born into a legacy of aristocracy. Though she lived a pampered life, Hedda's time as a single girl ran out and she married academic George Tesman, a man she clearly no longer loves - if, indeed, she ever did. Now Hedda is driven to diabolical ends trying to discover purpose in her life as she increasingly finds the world closing in on her.

The Cast

Creative Team

Director:Max Lewendel
Movement Director:
Carrie Mueller
Vocal Coach:Emma Vane
Production Manager:Meg Jones
Set Design:Christopher Hone
Costume Design:Ilona Kahn
Sound & Music:Theo Holloway
Lighting Design:Chris Withers
CSM:Aaron Carrington
ASM:Ben Hawkins, Kaiden DuBois
Photographer:George Riddell

Cast:

Hedda Gabler:Alice Bonifacio
George Tesman :David Martin
Eilert Loevborg:David Sayers
Judge Brack:Julian Pindar
Thea Elvsted:Holly Piper
Juliana Tesman:Deborah Klayman
Bert:Kaiden DuBois

Neil McEwan

"If this is what comes from flying too close to the sun,

then long may they continue"

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Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

★★★★★
"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

★★★★
"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her."
Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

★★★★
"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like."
David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

[Their] adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature"
Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Trial of Galileo

RemoteGoat

"Icarus Theatre fly into London on waxen wings, which, after this compelling production, show no sign of melting any time soon, A fine production, and a fantastic example of a writer and performer at the top of their game".

How to be a Bad Girl

Deadline News

"Chap's cheeky, witty and bold personality shines through as she sings the stories of her own life, and sometimes others - all with wonderful vocal ability and tone that excites and engages the mixed crowd that packed in to the room to see her." Lucy Samson

Macbeth

Carrick Biz

"Five Stars alone are due to the designers of the simple set and the expressive mood-setting lighting and sound. You'll find out what a bane-moon looks like." David Kerr

Hamlet

Review Sphere

Icarus Theatre Collective's adaptation truly had rebranded Hamlet for the Game of Thrones age. It was daring and experimental and often risky, but it worked and proved that it is indeed a living and ever fluid piece of literature." Caroline Malcolm Boulton

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown

Many Roads to Paradise

Uk Theatre Web

★★★★★
"For many reason this play should be seen by everyone. Drama students and theatre-lovers alike will applaud fine acting by the strongest of casts, you would pay a lot of money in the West End for a class act like this"
Gene David Kirk

Journeys End

The Public Reviews

★★★★
"Journey’s End’ is very much an ensemble piece and it would be difficult and probably rather unfair to pick out one actor over another. Each and every performance is consummately delivered." Steve Burbridge

At the Mountains of Madness

Ija Pona

★★★★★
"We were treated to a show that was true to the H. P. Lovecraft original and made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I experienced frisson during last night."

Romeo & Juliet

British Theatre Guide

★★★★
Max Lewendel’s careful direction makes perfect sense of the tricky text, finding as much humour as possible in the early comic scenes. He keeps his actors on the move, each with purpose and justified intention.
Helen Brown