Rating: NR
Length: 159 mins
Cast: Ruth Wilson

“I’ve no talent for life.”

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

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).


“It is quite a gift to make a play as familiar as Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler feel completely unexpected. But as he showed with A View from the Bridge, director Ivo van Hove’s great talent is to make every play a play for today. This is not an act of historical reconstruction but a radical rethinking so gripping that you find yourself leaning in, listening to nuance, wondering what exactly happens next. Every single thing about it is both tough-minded and surprising.” 5 STARS! WHATSONSTAGE.

“An invigorating production which forces us to see Ibsen’s masterpiece with fresh eyes” THE GUARDIAN.

“Ruth Wilson is of the performances and productions of the year” THE TELEGRAPH.(UK)

“…. one of the great portraits of a soul in crisis. Ruth Wilson brings a thrilling volatility to the title role. She captures the boredom and reckless verve of a passionate woman who rebels against the numbness of a stifling marriage, spots vulgarity unerringly yet dreads the prospect of scandal.” EVENING STANDARD.

Official Trailer