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Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler filmed in Cheltenham for movie screens

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

Cars were removed from Cheltenham's streets for filming of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. Picture: Alison Lawrence

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Henrik Ibsen’s Norwegian play Hedda Gabler is being turned into an international film, with Cheltenham doubling as 19th-century Oslo.

And the Regency town’s architecture could become a major star of the small screen after producer Michael Chittenden vowed to bring more cameras to its streets.

Cast and crew, under the eye of director Matthew John, filmed scenes at Evelyn Court in Malvern Road and also a funeral in Painswick, after a morning filming at the Manor by the Lake film studios.

The plot of Ibsen’s drama, aired to damning reviews in 1890, revolves around a mysterious death and a missing academic manuscript. Filming is expected to end this week, with the film slated for release in Norway, Denmark, Asia and the United States.

Mr John, originally from Gloucester, said he took on the project with Cheltenham in mind.

He said: “The building gives beautiful backdrops but the main reason we came here is because Michael Chittenden is one of the benefactors trying to get Cheltenham Film Studios up and running again. He is one of our honorary producers wanting to regenerate the studios. He is doing a few BBC dramas that he plans to bring to Cheltenham.”

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