PREVIEW: National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler @ Picturehouse Cinemas, 09/03/2017

The Verse’s Lou Clement National Theatre Live’s Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber, 9 March 2017

A live screening of the National Theatre production Hedda Gabler is coming to the Duke of York’s Brighton!

The National Theatre is known not only for award winning theatre, but also for developing and nurturing new talent. Nestled on the Southbank, the theatre sits alongside a host of exceptional artistic institutes – I think that’s what I’m calling them. Including the Tate Modern and the British Film Institute. Over the years, the venues have almost of egged each other on. By this I mean they have been increasing in both profile and appeal; with Southbank a favoured destination for tourists and residents alike.

Out of this hotbed of culture comes a new production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Which has already received outstanding reviews. The production brings together the Avant Garde Theatre Director Ivo von Hove in his British debut, and an excellent cast including, in the lead role, Ruth Wilson. Wilson can also be seen as mysterious and dangerous Alice Morgan in BBC’s hit series Luther. In addition, she has an established film acting career including the leading role in Jane Eyre. Throughout her career she has played some strong and fearsome characters. Patrick Marber, however has re-written and modernised this version of Hedda Gabler. Marber’s extraordinary screenwriting talent can be seen in films such as Notes on a Scandal, but he also has a distinguished comedy writing career.

It’s looking good so far. Lucky for us the superb National Theatre is bringing their most highly sought after seats to a venue near you via the Picturehouse cinemas on Thursday 9 March. I think we can expect Ruth Wilson to deliver a characteristically committed and inspired performance of Hedda; a character who has inspired musicians to write about her, as wide ranging as John Cale and Motorhead.

Watch an interview with Ruth Wilson about her role in the play

Tickets are available online for the live screening at the Duke of York’s Brighton.

The Verse Staff

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