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Sinead Matthews and Ruth Wilson in Hedda Gabler  (Photo: Jan Versweyveld)

Things you’ll love about Hedda Gabler

Published January 5, 2017

The setting

A stark open space, almost bewildering in size, filled occasionally with the warm orange tones of sunlight pouring in from a large window; filtered by blinds which Hedda insists remain drawn.  

Rafe Spall,Chukwudi Iwuj, Ruth Wilson and Kyle Soller in Hedda Gabler (Photo: Jan Versweyveld)

Patrick Marber’s adaption of a classic

The play is thrust into modern day with stunning results. The characters, young, ambitious and hungry for life become present in today’s world.

Kate Duchene, Kyle Soller, Ruth Wilson, Rafe Spall, Sinead Matthews in Hedda Gabler (Photo:Jan Versweyveld)

Ruth Wilson’s Hedda

Hedda is a complex and troubled character, her thoughts irrational to a sane mind, living in a constant state of contempt. Ruth’s portrayal delves deep within this as she presents a Hedda so marred by despair and boredom she has visible stains. A performance you could watch over and over again, gaining a new perspective each time.

Ruth Wilson in Hedda Gabler (Photo: Jan Versweyveld)

The power play

Manipulation is the name of the game and all bets are off.  Hedda seemingly holds all the cards, pulling her social circle down a path of destruction that ultimately leads to her demise. The relationships are a twisted hazy mess of strength and power and you being to wonder how you would fare with these characters as playmates.

Ruth Wilson and Rafe Spall in Hedda Gabler (Photo: Jan Versweyveld)

The music

Ivo van Hove has chosen to underpin moments of tension with an eerie melody. The tune is often repeated by Hedda plucking a few notes on the piano, one of the only pieces of set included in the production, bent over in a position of complete desolation.

Kyle Soller, Ruth Wilson in Hedda Gabler. (Photo:Jan Versweyveld)

Hedda Gabler plays at the National Theatre Lyttelton until 11 February. For more information and to book tickets, visit the venue’s website

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