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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler


by Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler Characters

Meet the Cast

Hedda Tesman

Hedda Gabler is not a nice person. She taunts a recovering alcoholic about his masculinity and goads him into drinking again. She takes advantage of her husband’s dying aunt to steal an irrep...

Eilert Løvborg

Eilert is all about being caught in between. He’s in between Hedda and Thea, aristocracy and life as an outcast, scholarly fame and shameful disrepute, drinking and not drinking, courage and...

George Tesman

Right from the get-go, it’s clear that George Tesman comes from a class below Hedda. Where she is formal and reserved, he is casual and open. At the least, he’s unsophisticated or, as B...

Judge Brack

We first hear about Judge Brack as the man who helped Aunt Julie arrange to put up the money for a security deposit. Then we learn that he helped George with the finances involved in buying the "dr...

Mrs. Elvsted

As a woman in Hedda Gabler, Mrs. Elvsted struggles with the same question as Hedda and Miss Tesman: to what or whom can she possible devote her life? Her answer is a simple one: Eilert Løvborg...

Miss Juliana Tesman

You’re probably tired of hearing us talk about women in Hedda Gabler having empty lives. But unfortunately, the same is true for Miss Tesman. She has to address this problem just like the oth...


Berta used to work as maid for Miss Julie and Miss Rina; she has been with the family since George was a little boy. Now she works as a live-in maid for George and Hedda.


George’s deceased father, brother to Miss Julie Tesman and Miss Rina.

General Gabler

Hedda’s deceased father.

Miss Rina

Rina is Julie Tesman’s sister and George’s aunt. Rina is terminally ill at the beginning of the play (Julie lives with and takes care of her) and dies towards the end.

Sheriff Elvsted

The Sheriff is Mrs. Elvsted’s husband. He's somewhat of a jerk, from what we hear.

Mademoiselle Diana

The red-headed prostitute Eilert has seen on a number of occasions.