Season 2012

The Wild Duck

// Are there some truths it’s better not to know?


Winner of three Helpmann Awards (2011) and four Sydney Theatre Awards (2011), this taut, stripped-back rendition of a modern classic never lets up. Director Simon Stone has developed from a wunderkind of Melbourne’s indie theatre to an established force on Australia’s mainstages. Here he transplants Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a new play tailor-made for an astonishing cast led by Ewen Leslie.

Hjalmar Ekdal grew up rich but scandal cast him into poverty. Now he lives in a tiny flat with his father, his wife, his daughter and a duck. When his old friend Gregers Werle returns with unfinished business, the truth Gregers brings could shatter the world Hjalmar has built around himself.

A bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial, The Wild Duck resounds for a new age.

The great strength of this adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s five-act play, The Wild Duck, is the exquisitely balanced, sensitively wrought performances.’


'To be enjoyed and savoured long after it’s over.'

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Written by / Simon Stone with Chris Ryan after Henrik Ibsen
Directed by / Simon Stone
Set Design / Ralph Myers                                         
Costume Design / Tess Schofield                             
Lighting Design / Niklas Pajanti                   
Composition and Sound Design / Stefan Gregory 
Assistant Director / Anne-Louise Sarks      
Dramaturgy / Eamon Flack                          
Production Manager / Glenn Dulihanty

Technical Manager & Lighting Design Associate / Teegan Lee    
Head of Sound / Caitlin Porter                     
Stage Manager / Lisa Osborn                                   
Assistant Stage Manager/ Amy Morcom
Performed by / John Gaden, Anita Hegh, Ewen Leslie, Eloise Mignon, Anthony Phelan, Toby Schmitz

Malthouse Theatre presents a Belvoir production.