Hedda Gabler

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Hedda Gabler [1] is an 1890 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) [2].

Translations and adaptations

Translated into many languages over the decades.

Translated into English by Michael Meyer (1921-2000) [3] in 1962.

Translated into Afrikaans by Rita Elferink in 1964.

Translated into Afrikaans by André P. Brink. Published by Human & Rousseau (1974).

Translated (from the original?**) into Afrikaans by André Stolz in 2006 (100th anniversary of Ibsen's death).

Performance history in South Africa

193*: An Afrikaans version by ** was done by André Huguenet in 193*?

1939: Bloemfontein, produced by Bianca de Jager in Bloemfontein.

1947: Presented in English by the Brian Brooke Company in the Hofmeyr Theatre, produced by British director Mary Byron. The cast included Petrina Fry (Hedda), Joan Ross (Miss Tesman), David Lytton (Lovborg) and Brian Brooke (George).

1964: The Elferink Afrikaans translation opened on 24 January in the Hofmeyr Theatre as CAPAB's first Afrikaans play, directed by Suzanne van Wyk, with Babs Laker (Hedda), Johann Nell (Dr Tesman), Marie Schoeman (Juffrou Juliana Tesman), Magdalena Swanevelder (Mev Elvstad), Louw Verwey (Regter Brack), André Walters (Eilert Lövborg), Bettie Fourie (Berta). Decor and costumes by Bill Smuts and lighting by Emile Aucamp. The production subsequently toured the Western Cape.

1972: Michael Meyer's English translation was used for the CAPAB Drama production directed by Michael Atkinson, opening 26 February. Designed by Aubrey Couling. Marika Mann played Hedda, Bernard Brown (Judge Brack), Kerry Jordan (George Tesman), Joyce Burgh (Juliana Tesman), Lois Butlin (Mrs Elvsted), Mollie Thompson (Bertha), John Whiteley (Eilert Loevborg).

1974: The Brink Afrikaans translation was staged by PACT, directed by Francois Swart, with Sandra Prinsloo (Hedda), Louis van Niekerk (Brack), Don Lamprecht (Jörgen), Wilma Stockenström (Juliane), Annette Engelbrecht (Mev Elvsted), Marius Weyers (Ejlert) and Anna Cloete (Berte). Decor and costumes designed by Chris van den Berg.

1994: Staged in English at the Market Theatre, directed by Barney Simon, with John Kani and Dorothy-Ann Gould, Neil McCarthy, Jamie Bartlett, Shelagh Holliday in the cast, from 6 October - 19 November.

2013: Staged in English by the Muizenberg Amateur Dramatic Society in the Masque Theatre, directed by Richard Higgs, with Tamara Richards as Hedda.


The South African Theatre, Music and Dance 1(1), 1939.

Trek, 12(1):26, 1948.

CAPAB theatre programme (undated).

PACT theatre programme, 1974.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue (1994 production).

Cape Times, 20 March 2013.

Brooke 1978. 171.

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