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Lizzy Watts to Play the Title Role in National Theatre Tour of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Lizzy Watts HeadshotThe National Theatre has 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, will tour to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in 2018, from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 January.

This vital new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece is 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.’

Scott Bird, Press & PR Manager at the Grand Theatre, said: ‘Following hugely successful runs of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time and One Man, Two Guvnors from the National Theatre in 2015, we are pleased to welcome NT productions back to the city of Wolverhampton. Hedda Gabler will form an integral part of the theatre’s quality drama offerings throughout our 2017/18 season.”

Further casting will be announced soon.


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