The National Theatre's current hit production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, presented in a new version by playwright Patrick Marber and directed by Ivo van Hove, is to launch a large-scale U.K. tour beginning performances at Theatre Royal, Plymouth, October 2, then visiting venues in Edinburgh, Leicester, Salford, Norwich, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Milton Keynes, where the tour finishes March 3, 2018.
Olivier and Tony Award-winning van Hove (A View from the Bridge, The Crucible) made his National Theatre debut with Hedda Gabler, which is running in repertory at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre until March 21. His next production for the NT will be the world premiere of Network, based on the Oscar-winning film, featuring the U.K. stage debut of Bryan Cranston.
In a press statement, Marber commented, “It has been a huge honor 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.”
At the National the title role of Hedda Gabler is currently being played by Ruth Wilson. It will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas around the world March 9, with encore performances from March 23. Casting for the tour has not yet been announced.
Set and lighting design fis by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys, and sound by Tom Gibbons. The associate director is Jeff James.
For further details and full tour dates, visit nationaltheatre.org.uk.