Actors  |  Mar 12, 2010

Robert Glenister stars in Hedda Gabler

Robert Glenister stars alongside Rosamond Pike in Adrian Noble's revival of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Bath Theatre Royal.

Set in Oslo, the play follows Ibsen's femme-fatale and her self-destructive struggle to assert herself against her male-dominated surroundings. Robert plays her newly-pronounced husband Jürgen Tesman, desperately fighting to stave off her ennui.

In The Telegraph, Charles Spencer praised Glenister's "performance of superb poignancy as [Hedda's] childlike husband, horribly aware of the second-rate nature of his own mind, yet somehow retaining a rare generosity of spirit".

For Lyn Gardner, writing in The Guardian, Glenister's Tesman is "a solid, second-rate eager beaver astonished by his own good luck in winning the general's daughter" in a revival that "pitches things just right." Its a sentiment echoed by The Times's Dominic Maxwell for whom his "boyishness, his lack of achievement, seems all the more grounds for disillusion." Meanwhile, Allision Vale writes that he "perfectly pitches the hopeless and unrestrained devotion of a newly-wed husband," in the British Theatre Guide.

Following its February opening at Bath's Theatre Royal, the production will now tour until April 3rd.