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[Perspectives] The woman in question

Bored after just 6 months of marriage. Indifferent to others’ feelings. Wanting to break free but without the energy to act. Is this a case of depression in need of medical help? Actually it is Hedda Gabler, the central character of Henrik Ibsen’s play of 1891, as presented in a production based on an adaptation by Patrick Marber at London’s National Theatre. To cast fresh light on this enigmatic character, one of the most avant-garde theatre directors in Europe, Belgian Ivo van Hove, has joined forces with the superb acting skills of Ruth Wilson in the title role.