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Ruth Wilson Stars in HEDDA GABLER in New National Theatre Season

Ruth Wilson takes the title role in HEDDA GABLER in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, in the new National Theatre season. The production previews from 5 December.

Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, while Elizabeth Debicki joins Mark Strong and Hope Davis in the cast of David Hare's THE RED BARN, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, and directed by Robert Icke. Adam Gillen and Karla Crome join the cast of AMADEUS, Lucian Msamati as Salieri, directed by Michael Longhurst.

NT Live announces broadcasts of NO MAN'S LAND by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart from the West End, Josie Rourke's production of Bernard Shaw's SAINT JOAN, with Gemma Arterton from the Donmar Warehouse and Ivo van Hove's production of HEDDA GABLER with Ruth Wilson from the NT.

Watch a trailer for HEDDA GABLER below

HEDDA GABLER, Lyttelton Theatre

Previews from 5 December, press night 12 December, continuing in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

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

Ivo van Hove, one of the world's most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen's masterpiece.

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the Country, The Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Chukwudi Iwuji, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinead Matthews and Kyle Soller. The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D'Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

LOVE Dorfman Theatre

Previews from 6 December, press night 13 December, in repertoire until 10 January

Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE, a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 6 December.

In the run-up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sunday. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.

This new work by Alexander Zeldin is written through a devising process with an ensemble of actors. The audience are invited to bear witness to an intimate story of family love for our times. LOVE continues his unique approach to theatre.

LOVE will be designed by Natasha Jenkins with lighting design by Marc Williams and sound design is by Josh Anio Grigg. The cast includes Emily Beacock, Darcey Brown, Anna Calder-Marshall, Luke Clarke, Grace Doherty, Janet Etuk, Nick Holder, Vitaly Outkine, Yonatan Pele'Roodner and Bobby Stallwood.



The Red Barn, a new play by David Hare, based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon, and directed by Robert Icke, will now run until 17 January. Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) has joined the cast which includes Hope Davis, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Nigel Whitmey, Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Jade Yourell.


Amadeus will now run until 26 January with further dates to be announced. The cast includes Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Karla Crome, Tom Edden, Adam Gillen, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew MacBean, Alexandra Mathie, Lucian Msamati, Eamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock.


The full cast for Bryony Kimming's new musical A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer is Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Francesca Mills, Golda Rosheuvel, Max Runham, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook, Lottie Vallis and Gary Wood.

This co-production with Complicite Associates will run in the Dorfman Theatre until 29 November in association with HOME, Manchester. The book is by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings.

The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.


Peter Pan will now run until 28 January with further dates to be announced. The full cast is Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Benji Bower, Will Bower, Lois Chimimba, Richie Crago, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Ruth Hammond, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Ekow Quartey, Jessica Temple, SopHie Thompson (Captain Hook/Mrs Darling), Dan Wheeler, Madeleine Worrall (Wendy).

Peter Pan is a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, devised by the Companies based on the work by J.M. Barrie. It is directed by Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, NT & Bristol Old Vic). Half price tickets are available for under-18s. A relaxed performance of Peter Pan will take place on Saturday 21 January at 2pm.


Following a celebrated run on Broadway and a UK tour, No Man's Land by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be broadcast from Wyndham's Theatre on 15 December. Produced by Playful Productions.

Josie Rourke's production of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, with Gemma Arterton, will be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February.

Ivo van Hove's production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber, and with Ruth Wilson in the title role, will be broadcast from the NT on 9 March.

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An eclectic programme of talks, discussions and interviews, offering the chance to learn more about the National's work and the arts in general.

14 Sept, 6.30pm - Sue Laurie and Alexander Technique in the Theatre, Dorfman

15 Sept, 6pm - Jonathan Kent in conversation, Olivier

21 Oct, 6pm - Jeremy Herrin and Sean McEvoy in conversation, Lyttelton

25 Oct, 6pm - NT: 40 Years as a Space for Plays, Lyttelton

27 Oct, 6pm - Bryony Kimmings in conversation, Dorfman

31 Oct, 6pm - Michael Longhurst in conversation, Olivier

1 Nov, 5.45pm - Staging Suez: The 60th Anniversary of the Suez Crisis, Lyttelton

7 Nov, 6pm - David Hare and John Simenon in conversation, Lyttelton

9 Nov, 6pm - The Nick Darke Writers' Award Ceremony, Dorfman

22 Nov, 6pm - The Jocelyn Herbert Lecture - Rae Smith, 3D Imagination, Lyttelton

23 Nov, 6pm - Alan Bennett: Keeping on Keeping On, Lyttelton

25 Nov, 5.15pm - A Poem for Every Night of the Year with Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory and Allie Esiri, Olivier

13 Dec, 5.45pm - An Evening with Private Eye, Lyttelton

16 Dec, 5.30pm - The Theatre Quiz with Emma Freud, Lyttelton

4 Jan, 6pm - Alexander Zeldin in conversation, Dorfman

11 Jan, 5.45pm - Lucian Msamati in conversation, Olivier

20 Jan, 5.30pm - Sally Cookson in conversation, Olivier

23 Jan, 3pm - Ruth Wilson in conversation, Lyttelton

27 Jan, 5.45pm - Peter Pan - archetypal adolescent with Ann Yeoman

31 Jan, 6pm - Ivo van Hove and Patrick Marber in conversation, Lyttelton


Short debates, and in-depth explorations in the Clore Learning Centre:

12 Sep, 5.45 - 6.45pm - In Focus: Cult Fiction on Stage

15 Sep, 10.30am - 4.30pm - In Depth: Rattigan Returns

21 Sep, 6pm - In Focus: Theatre in Scotland - A Field of Dreams with Joyce McMillan

24 Sept, 10.30am - In Depth: The Dublin Plays, Clore Learning Centre

26 Sept, 2pm - In Context: Chekhov, the early work

6 Oct, 1pm - Lightbulb Walks with Artists Helen Stratford and Idit Nathan

2 Nov, 10.30am - 3.30pm - In Depth: Devising and Performance Explored

2 Nov, 10.30am - In Depth: Devising for Performance Explored

3 Nov, 5.30pm - In Focus: Amadeus, the music

10 Nov, 11.30am & 6.15pm - Sharp Shots: The State of the States

16 Jan, 2pm - In Context: Shaffer at the NT

16 Jan, 6pm - In Focus: Designing for The Red Barn

17 Nov, 7pm - Theatre Dialogue Club sparks up at the NT

15 Dec, 5.30pm - In Focus: Performing without a Home

27 Jan, 5.45pm - Peter Pan - archetypal adolescent

31 Jan, 10.30am - In Depth: Adapt or Die - adaptations from the NT

10 Feb, 2pm - In Context: Recreating Ibsen's Women


A new series of panel discussions in the Dorfman Theatre responding to issues raised by the repertoire or affecting the nation as a whole:

29 Sep, 6pm - Youth - culture and identity

3 Nov, 5.45pm - Nationhood - Ireland and Scotland

24 Nov, 5.45pm - Death - final matters


In the Clore Learning Centre and linked to the programme on our stages:

12 Nov, 10.30am - Emil and the Detectives and Red Balloon

9 Dec, 5.30pm - Cathy Come Home

12 Dec, 5.30pm - Dark Days in collaboration with the Homeless Film Festival

19 Nov, 10.30am - The Wind in the Willows


Free, and open daily

Concrete Reality: Denys Lasdun and the Architecture of the NT - Olivier Circle Gallery

Adapt or Die - How adaptations have influenced programme at the NT - Lyttelton Lounge from 7 Oct

The Art of Make Believe: Staging Children's Stories - Wolfson Gallery from 14 Nov

Exhibition Walk Around and Archive Handling Session - Lyttelton Lounge on 28 Oct, 25 Nov, 27 Jan, 24 Feb at 12.30pm

Further information on Learning at the National Theatre -

Access at the National Theatre

Accessible performances at the National Theatre include Audio-Described, Captioned and Relaxed Performances and Pre-show Touch Tours. Braille and large print cast lists are produced for all productions, and Contego wireless audio amplification is available on Backstage Tours.

The National Theatre offers tickets at a Disabled concession rate, via subscription to the NT Access List.

For more information, visit

Booking information:

Public booking opens on 29 September

Book tickets online at Box Office: 020 7452 3000

FRIDAY RUSH - £20 tickets are released online every Friday at 1pm for the following week's performances

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