Today was the premiere of the New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) theatrical production of Hedda Gabler. At times comical, at times thrilling, the play moved with gusto right up to its conclusion, at which point it received a standing ovation from the sold-out theater.
The audience had high expectations for this first work produced by new Artistic Director Miyata Keiko, and the entertaining performance exceeded those expectations. Many of those in attendance commented that they thoroughly enjoyed the play.
The author of Hedda Gabler, Henrik Johan Ibsen, was born in Norway, and NNTT received the support of the Norwegian Embassy in staging this production.
Norwegian Ambassador to Japan Arne Walther attended the premiere and stated afterward, “It was a wonderful performance. That the New National Theatre, Tokyo selected a work by Ibsen as the first production of its new season is an honor and a privilege.” He congratulated the theatre on the successful premiere of Hedda Gabler and offered his praise for the performance.
Artistic Director Miyata spoke with great enthusiasm: “I am pleased to at last present the first work of the new season. Hedda Gabler is a piece that I have been working on for many years. I was fortunate to have the participation of such wonderful actors as Daichi Mao and Masuoka Toru. It has turned out to be a fantastic production. I hope that the audiences will enjoy it.”
Daichi Mao, who plays the title role, offered her thoughts on the play. “I am very proud to be able to perform this wonderful piece. Hedda is neither gloomy nor weak nor strong. It is a very heavy role. I felt that Director Miyata found a new dimension to the role. I am still nervous, but I hope to get to the point where I am having fun. It is really a fascinating piece, so I hope that people will be sure not to miss it!”
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Artistic Director Miyata Keiko welcomes audience at the foyer
Norwegian Ambassador and Mrs. Arne Walther with Toyama Atsuko, the president of the Theatre