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Norway's Hedda Gabler heads for London's Almeida



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler opens at the Almeida on March 16, 2005 (previews from March 10) for a limited period only - until April 30, 2005.

Set in Norway, it's the classic story of a married woman, desperate to escape a life devoid of adventure and excitement.

In the title role will be Eve Best who has appeared in several National Theatre productions. These include Mourning Becomes Electra (for which she won the Critics' Circle Best Actress Award), Three Sisters, The Coast of Utopia and The Cherry Orchard.

She has also appeared at the Globe theatre, the young Vic theatre and the Chichester Festival theatre.

Also joining the cast will be Benedict Cumberbatch, who last appeared at the Almeida in 2003, in Trevor Nunn's production of The Lady from the Sea. His other stage credits include Oh What A Lovely War, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

His film work includes To Kill A King and Hills Like White Elephants and, for television, Hawking (the title role), To the Ends of the Earth, Forty Something, Cambridge Spies and Tipping the Velvet.

Last but by no means least, is relative newcomer, Lisa Dillon. Her most recent West End appearance was as Desdemona in Greg Doran's production of Othello for the RSC at the Trafalgar Studios.

Other stage credits include The Master Builder, another Ibsen classic, and Iphegenia.

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