Hedda Gabler, a simmering psychological drama, was first produced in Norway in 1890 and depicts the evil machinations of a ruthless, nihilistic heroine: the infamous Hedda Gabler, a self-centered, cynical woman bored by her marriage to the illustrious intellectual Jorgen Tesman. Her father's pistols provide occasional amusement, as does the attention of the unctuous, leering, utterly corrupt Judge Brack. Hedda Gabler is remarkable for its depiction of an immoral, destructive character; one of the most vividly realized women in dramatic literature.
HENRIK IBSEN (1828-1906) is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare. The acknowledged father of modern realistic drama, he accomplished the critical shift from verse to prose, and drastically altered Victorian drama's focus from light, superficial sentiment to serious, often tragic examinations of contemporary social issues. Peer Gynt, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People and Hedda Gabler are among his most famous masterworks.