Henrik Ibsen wrote Hedda Gabler in Munich in 1890, by which point he was firmly established as one of Europe’s leading contemporary playwrights. However the play‘s tragi-comedic depiction of the complex psychological state of a woman trapped in a dull, middle-class marriage baffled audiences and was universally condemned when it was first produced in Germany and Scandinavia. The play was produced in London for the first time in April 1891, with American actress Elizabeth Robins in the lead role, and was much more positively received. Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the

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