Press: Nouveau Screens NT Live "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler – the acclaimed production of the Henrik Ibsen classic play filmed live at London’s National Theatre – is the next National Theatre Live (NT Live) broadcast to be screened at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas from Saturday 1 April, for limited screenings.


Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge, The Crucible on Broadway) returns to NT Live cinema screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer). Hedda Gabler stars Olivier and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) in the title role, and also features Prometheus’s Rafe Spall and Poldark’s Kyle Soller.


Nigerian-born actor Chukwudi Iwuji plays the role of Lovborg in Hedda Gabler. He can also be seen in the upcoming NT Live broadcast of Obsession starring Jude Law in the title role, and also directed by van Hove, releasing at Nouveau cinemas on 24 June this year. In the play, new bride Hedda (Ruth Wilson) and her husband, Tesman (Kyle Soller), return from their honeymoon to find their relationship already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.


Launched in 2009, National Theatre Live broadcasts have been seen by an audience of over 6.5 million people at 2500 venues in 60 countries. The first season began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Recent broadcasts include No Man’s Land with Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet live from the Barbican, Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse, Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire from the Young Vic, James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors, Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein and the multi award-winning War Horse.



Hedda Gabler releases on South African screens from Saturday, 01 April 2017, for four screenings only: on 01, 05 and 06 April at 19:30 and on 02 April at 14:30 at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban. The running time is approximately 2hrs and 45mins, including an interval.


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The discounts and benefits valid for members of SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club loyalty programmes also apply for all live theatre productions. Special prices for group bookings are also available on request.

The next productions from NT Live to be screened at Cinema Nouveau are:


Twelfth Night (from 27 May 2017)

Directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live’s Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Stratagem), Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.


Rozencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (03 June 2017)

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. 


Obsession (24 June 2017)

Jude Law (The Young Pope, Closer, The Talented Mr Ripley) stars in this new stage adaptation of Obsession, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge, Hedda Gabler) directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film.

Gino is a drifter, down-at-heel and magnetically handsome. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But, in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.


Additional NT Live broadcasts in 2017 at Cinema Nouveau include:

  • Peter Pan (08 July), captured live at the National Theatre, this performance of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens as perfect cinema fare for the mid-year school holidays: All children, except one, grow up…

  • Salomé (22 July), directed by South African-born award-winning director Yaёl Farber;

  • Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America – Part I & II (19 Aug & 02 Sept), with Andrew Garfield, Susan Brown, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Denise Gough and Russell Tovey; and

  • Yerma (23 Sept), Simon Stone’s radical production of Federico García Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, with Billie Piper reprising the lead role.

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