Full casting announced for World Premiere of ‘Hedda Tesman’

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming World Premiere of Hedda Tesman, by Cordelia Lynn, which runs at Chichester Festival Theatre from from 30 August to 28 September 2019, and The Lowry, Salford Quays from 3 to 19 October 2019.

Leading the cast is the previously announced Haydn Gwynne in the title role of Hedda. She is joined by Anthony Calf as George Tesman, Jonathan Hyde as Brack, Jacqueline Clarke as Julie Tesman, Natalie Simpson as Thea Tesman, Irfan Shamji as Elijah and Rebecca Oldfield as Bertha.

Hedda Tesman breathes new life into Ibsen’s classic, asking what we inherit, what we endure and how we carry our history. Headlong’s Associate Director Holly Race Roughan directs this vital exploration of motherhood, power and sabotage.



A doting husband. A troubled writer. A loaded gun.

It’s 2019 and Hedda Tesman returns to a life she can’t seem to escape.

After thirty years of playing wife, Hedda is bitter and bored.

When her estranged daughter, Thea, suddenly reappears asking for help, the present begins to echo the past and Hedda embarks on a path of destruction.


Completing the creative team are designer Anna Fleischle, lighting designer Zoe Spurr, composer Ruth Chan and sound designer George Dennis.

Hedda Tesman is a co-production between Headlong, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Lowry (Week 53).

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