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NT LIVE PRESENTS AN IBSEN CLASSIC : HEDDA GABBLER

The NT Live screening of Hedda Gabler brings us a bleak, sparse and shattering version of Ibsen’s classic play, written in 1891.

Under Ivo Van Hove’s assured direction, the play is updated to now, with a crisp, supple translation by Patrick Marber that makes it seem new and vivid .

The set is an almost bare, anonymous apartment in the inner city, in the middle of renovation. There are vertical blinds, a fridge and a security camera at the door. Jan Verswyveld‘s lighting is splendid.

The soundscape features a mix of popular songs including Joni Mitchell’s classic ballad Blue all of which go to depicting a person in crisis.

Ruth Wilson is luminous and riveting in the eponymous title role . We first see her slumped over the piano, in negligee and dressing robe, seemingly oblivious of what is happening around her– but is she really?!                               Continue reading NT LIVE PRESENTS AN IBSEN CLASSIC : HEDDA GABBLER

NT LIve: Everyman

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This riveting production will enthrall you and give you much to think about.

EVERYMAN is Rufus Norris’s first production as artistic director at the National and is a contemporary adaption by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy of a medieval Mystery Play.

At times the rather galumphing rhyming couplets are witty, at times clunky and in the main powerful and dynamic.

The designs are quite sparse and functional, combined with excellent use of projections and special effects, storm crashes, lightning etc. The use of the revolve works well. Continue reading NT LIve: Everyman