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Ruth Wilson confirmed to star in Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre

The actress will take on the titular role in Ivo van Hove's production in December

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Ruth Wilson as Hedda Gabler
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The National Theatre have confirmed that Ruth Wilson will take on the role of Hedda Gabler in the upcoming production at the National Theatre.

Wilson will be directed by Belgian theatremaker Ivo van Hove, who makes his National Theatre debut with this production.

Hedda Gabler is Ibsen's iconic play about a woman who has just married and yet longs to be free. Patrick Marber's new version is performed for the first time at the National Theatre.

The rest of the cast include Chukwudi Iwuji, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinead Matthews and Kyle Soller.

The National Theatre has also announced that Alexander Zeldin will direct LOVE a new play about three families placed in temporary accommodation in the lead up to Christmas. The work is written by Zeldin, after being created through a devising process with an ensemble of actors.

Elsewhere, Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) will join the cast of David Hare's new play The Red Barn.

Amadeus, starring Lucian Msamati now runs until 26 January and further casting for the show includes Adam Gillen as Mozart alongside Karla Crome (Constanze). The rest of the cast are: Sarah Amankwah, Hammed Animashaun, Geoffrey Beevers, Fleur de Bray, Tom Edden, Matthew Hargreaves, Andrew Macbean, Alexandra Mathie, LEamonn Mulhall, Robyn Allegra Parton, Hugh Sachs, Eleanor Sutton, Wendy Dawn Thompson, Peter Willcock.

Peter Pan, which opens on 16 November, will also now run until 28 January, with further dates to be announced.

The production of No Man's Land starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will also be broadcast as part of National Theatre Live on 15 December. Saint Joan, starring Gemma Arterton will be broadcast on 16 February and Hedda Gabler will be broadcast from the NT on 9 March.

Hedda Gabler runs from 12 December with previews from 5 December.