Hedda Gabler - Stage to Screen

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Showtime: 2:00 PM

Price: $4 - $10

Hedda Gabler is the quintessential “complicated woman” and Ruth Wilson in this NT Live production makes the character both more inexplicable and more compelling as she takes control of the National Theatre stage in Patrick Marber’s modern version of the Ibsen classic tragedy, which was captured on film by NT Live and will be screened at the Bing Crosby Theater as part of the Bing's Stage to Screen series on Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm.
 
Ivo van Hove, the Belgian director whose minimalist productions of A View from the Bridge and Obsession have sealed his reputation as one of the preeminent directors working on either side of the pond, directs a cast also starring Rafe Spall and Kyle Soller.  But the stage belongs to Ruth Wilson (Luther, Jane Eyre, The Affair) who critics called phenomenal.
 
Just married, back from her honeymoon and already bored, Hedda, in Wilson’s words, is “not a nice character. She’s deeply lonely…she doesn’t quite know herself, and when she is on her own she can’t bear it. You get to play every version of her. One minute she is this, then she is that. All the facets of a human are in her.”
 
Van Hove says the reason it is Ibsen’s most performed work is the mystery at the heart of it. “The main character is like an enigma, a sphinx. It’s a little bit like Medea. Whatever explanation you try to find, there is something deep down that you will never guess.  That is characteristic of a great masterpiece.”