Hedda is the antidote to Valentine’s Day

Hedda Gabler is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal.
Hedda Gabler is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The National Theatre’s breathtaking new version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterwork Hedda Gabler is set to arrive at Newcastle Theatre Royal next month.

Fresh from a sell-out run in London, it will thrill and unsettle Valentine’s week audiences from February 13 to 17.

Written by Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber, this new version of Ibsen’s 19th century realism masterpiece is also directed by one of the world’s most exciting directors, Ivo van Hove.

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped, but determined, Hedda tries to control and manipulate those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Re-imagined in a contemporary world for a modern audience, the play retains all its trademark power and vitality.

Lizzy Watts plays the title role of free-spirited and unstable Hedda, one of the greatest dramatic parts in theatre and regarded as the female Hamlet.

The production follows an unprecedented run of National Theatre visits to the Theatre Royal over the past five years, including multi-award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Jane Eyre.

We have teamed up with the Theatre Royal to give readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the opening night of the show.

See this week’s Gazette for details of how to enter.