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Lizzy Watts plays title role in Hedda Gabler – National Theatre Tour

Hedda Gabler - (Lizzy Watts) Photography by Hugo Glendinning
Hedda Gabler – (Lizzy Watts) Photography by Hugo Glendinning

The National Theatre has today announced that Lizzy Watts will take the title role of Hedda Gabler which, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, begins a UK tour on 2 October. Beginning at Theatre Royal Plymouth, the tour will journey across the UK to Edinburgh, Leicester, Salford, Norwich, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Woking, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York and Milton Keynes.

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…
This vital new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) 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 opened in December 2016. His acclaimed production of A View from the Bridge recently played to sold out houses in London and on Broadway and Obsession starring Jude Law is currently playing at The Barbican, London. Van Hove’s next production for the NT will be the world premiere of Network based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring the UK stage debut of Bryan Cranston.

Lizzy Watts’ theatre credits include Strife at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Angry Brigade and Artefacts at The Bush, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe, Blink for Nabokov and Wasted for Paines Plough. TV includes The Durrells and Midsomer Murders and plays Ivy Layton in BBC Radio 4’s Home Front.

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 Directors are Jeff James and Rachel Lincoln..

Patrick Marber said: ‘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.’

Further casting will be announced soon.

For further press information please contact Martin Shippen at National Theatre Productions, mshippen@nationaltheatre.org.uk or 020 7452 3192 / 07956 879165.

Hedda Gabler Tour
Theatre Royal Plymouth 2 – 7 Oct 2017
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh 17 – 21 Oct 2017
Curve, Leicester 23 – 28 Oct 2017
The Lowry Salford 31 Oct – 4 Nov 2017
Norwich Theatre Royal 7 – 11 Nov 2017
Hull New Theatre 13 – 18 Nov 2017
His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen 21 – 25 Nov 2017
Northampton Royal & Derngate 28 Nov – 2 Dec 2017
Glasgow Theatre Royal 15- 20 Jan 2018 – Book Tickets
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 23 – 27 Jan 2018
New Victoria, Woking 29 Jan – 3 Feb 2018 – Book Tickets
Nottingham Theatre Royal 5 – 10 Feb 2018
Newcastle Theatre Royal 13 – 17 Feb 2018
Grand Opera House, York 20 – 24 Feb 2018 – Book Tickets
Milton Keynes Theatre 27 Feb – 3 Mar 2018 – Book Tickets

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