SHE is newly married and bored both with life and her role as a wife.

Hedda Gabler is one of the most challenging roles for an actress and one that has been played as everything from a proto-type feminist, to a victim of circumstances or as an out and out manipulative villain.

Whichever way the character is portrayed, Hedda Gabler is seen as one of the great roles in theatre.

Next week, Hannah Head will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s much loved play at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Derek Smith directs the production for Huddersfield Thespians, his first for the company.

Derek may be making his Thespians’ debut as a director but he is vastly experienced in theatre both on stage and off.

“I lived in London for 20 years and used to go to the theatre about four times a week to write reviews,” he said.

“I directed a bit of fringe theatre in London and I’ve always been involved as an actor or director in amateur theatre.”

Since moving to Yorkshire, Derek has worked extensively with Halifax Thespians. Last summer, he was part of the cast of a production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me which picked up a number of awards at the Skegness Playgoers annual play festival.

“I’ve never done anything with Huddersfield Thespians before but I’ve always supported them,” said Derek.

And he is more than happy to be staging an early translation of Ibsen’s classic play in the atmospheric Cellar space at the LBT.

The show will be played with the audience on two sides so that they will be very much onlookers into the life of this extraordinary character.

Hannah Head, who as Hannah Williams has played many roles with Huddersfield’s popular theatre company, Dick and Lottie, is an experienced actress but this is her first outing with the Thespians.

Richard Ely and Helen Kapil are both new acting talent recruited by the Thespians for this show though both have appeared with other companies in the region.

Elsewhere, the cast is brimming with familiar names.

Veronica Moran returns to play Miss Julia Tesman with another Thespian stalwart Maureen Speight back on stage as Berta.

Alistair Cheetham, well-known as actor and director in Huddersfield and Halifax, will play the role of George and the equally experienced Patrick Hibbin is cast as Judge Brack.

A top-line cast then in a substantial production which offers a first rate theatre night out.

Performances start on Tuesday (March 12) and continue each evening until Saturday at 7.15pm. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

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