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Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen
in a new version by Patrick Marber

5 December 2016 to 21 March 2017
Running Time: 2 hours, 40 mins inc. interval

Hedda Gabler

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...

Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) – one of the world’s most exciting directors – makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

This vital new version by Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) features Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) in the title role and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, The Big Short) as Brack.

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Talks and events

Ruth Wilson, Monday 23 January, 3pm, Lyttelton Theatre, £6 (£5 concessions)
Ivo van Hove and Patrick Marber Tuesday 31 January, 6pm, Lyttelton Theatre, £5 (£4 concessions)
In Context: Recreating Ibsen's Women Friday 10 February, 2 – 5pm, Clore, £25 (£20 concessions)

Get the playtext from the National Theatre Bookshop.

NT Live

This production was broadcast live to cinemas on Thursday 9 March. Find a venue near you.

UK tour

Hedda Gabler toured from October 2017.

Supported by the Williams Charitable Trust


5 star rating

A Hedda unlike any I have ever seen. Devastating.

Whats On Stage
5 star rating

Dark, bold and devastating. This Hedda is a triumph

Mail on Sunday
4 star rating

One of the performances and productions of the year

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Ruth Wilson is extraordinary in Ivo van Hove’s invigorating production

4 star rating

The set by Jan Versweyveld feels like a work of art

The Times
4 star rating

Ruth Wilson brings a thrilling volatility to the title role

Evening Standard
4 star rating

A ferocious production. Your heart races

Sunday Times
4 star rating

Wonderful. Wilson's performance is subtle and savage

4 star rating

Ivo van Hove beautifully reinvigorates Ibsen

Financial Times
4 star rating

Ruth Wilson brings a new dimension to Hedda


Ticket availability

Friday Rush
Every Friday at 1pm, a limited number of £20 tickets for the following week's performances are released to buy online. Find out more about Friday Rush.

Day Tickets
On the day of the performance, a limited number of £15 Day Tickets are available in person at 9.30am from the Ground Floor box office. Find out more about Day tickets.

Captioned performances
Wednesday 25 January at 2.15pm
Tuesday 31 January at 7.30pm

Audio-described performances
Friday 27 January at 7.30pm
Saturday 28 January at 2.15pm

Touch Tour
Saturday 28 January at 12.45pm

Hedda Gabler | An interview with Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson discusses taking on the title role in Ivo van Hove's Hedda Gabler.

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NT Live: Hedda Gabler

National Theatre Live will broadcast Hedda Gabler to over 650 cinemas across the UK, and more internationally, on Thursday 9 March 2017. Selected venues will also showing Encore screenings.

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Hedda Gabler trailer

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Hedda Gabler | The cast on working with Ivo van Hove

Chukwudi Iwuji, Kyle Soller and Rafe Spall discuss working with Hedda Gabler director Ivo van Hove.

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Patrick Marber on Hedda Gabler

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Some thoughts on Hedda Gabler

by Ivo van Hove

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Hedda Gabler rehearsal images

Hedda Gabler: Teaser Trailer

Ivo van Hove makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

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A bluffer’s guide to… Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen at the Grand Café, Ibsen's portrait by Edvard Munch


Understudy Brack
Harry Anton
Understudy Mrs Elvsted
Annabel Bates
Understudy Lovborg
Robert Bradley
Understudy Hedda Gabler
Ebony Buckle
Understudy Juliana/Berte
Miriam Cooper
Kate Duchêne
Chukwudi Iwuji
Understudy Tesman
Jason Langley
Éva Magyar
Mrs Elvsted
Sinéad Matthews
Kyle Soller
Rafe Spall
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Hedda Gabler
Ruth Wilson

Production team

Photography (Ruth Wilson as Hedda Gabler) by Léa Nielsen

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