Five-star National Theatre classic ‘Heddas’ to Aberdeen

Five-star National Theatre classic ‘Heddas’ to Aberdeen

Aberdeen Performing Arts is delighted to announce that Henrik Ibsen’s theatrical masterpiece Hedda Gabler will play at His Majesty’s Theatre (HMT) in Aberdeen later this year.

Currently enjoying a sold-out run at their home on the Southbank in London, the National Theatre will undertake a UK tour of its acclaimed production, arriving in Aberdeen on November 21 for a five-night run.

APA chief executive Jane Spiers said: “It is incredibly exciting for us to be bringing this amazing production from the UK’s national theatre company to the North-east of Scotland. Ibsen is one of our greatest ever playwrights, Hedda Gabler is a classic title and this new production in London has brought the house down gathering several five-star reviews. I’m sure Aberdeen audiences will be gripped by it and we can’t wait to see it on the HMT stage.”

The play tells the story of Hedda, and her husband Tesman, who have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda, who was played by Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in London, tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. A dark and devastating story unfolds.

This new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) is directed by Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors.  Olivier and Tony Award-winning  van Hove made his National Theatre debut with Hedda Gabler, which is running in repertoire at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre until 21 March 2017.  His acclaimed production of A View from the Bridge recently played to sold out houses at the Young Vic, in the West End and on Broadway.  Van Hove’s next production for the NT will be the world premiere of Network based on the Oscar-winning film.  It will feature a UK stage debut for Bryan Cranston.

Set and lighting design for Hedda Gabler is by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.  The Associate Director for the tour is Jeff James.

Patrick Marber added:  “It has been a huge honour to work with the great Ivo van Hove on this version of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. I am thrilled that this tour will enable more people to see his incredible production.”

Casting is still to be announced for the tour.

Tickets for the show are on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, March 2 and to general bookers on Tuesday, March 7.

Posted on Tuesday 28 February

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