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An Enemy of the People

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Booking from
Tuesday, 6 February 2024

Booking until
Saturday, 13 April 2024

Running time
2 hours 15 mins including interval

An Enemy of the People

Henrik Ibsen’s plays have always caused a stir, controversial in his lifetime and just as rebellious to this day. An Enemy of the People is no exception, a brilliant piece of classic theatre with a message that resonates just as strongly today. The plot? When Dr. Stockmann, played by Matt Smith of Doctor Who and The Crown fame, makes a worrying discovery about the waters in his local baths, heralded as having healing powers, the future of the town is in jeopardy. But the people with the most to lose refuse to believe him, and the resulting fight goes a lot further than contaminated water.

This version of the 1882 play has been adapted by Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer, conceived and directed by Ostermeier. It’s the first English language production of his critically acclaimed version, adapted numerous times for stage and screen, and Ibsen’s infamous zeal for the truth shines down the decades. With climate change on the rampage and those who profit from it in denial, this play is as impactful and relevant as ever.

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Young Couples:

Interesting update on a classic play
The main piece of advice is to read the original play and have a question ready on why the liberal elite are to blame for the state of politics and the break down of society - as it will come in useful.
Shona, 23 Mar 2024
A powerful re rendering of the Ibsen play in a modern context. Fantastic performance from matt Smith
Marion, 20 Mar 2024
Inspired by Ibsen but not the Ibsen play
A very interesting use of Ibsen's subject and message but perhaps misleading for anyone expecting the Ibsen play. By transposing so much to our times, which at least do have similar issues in a different context, the original historical context is lost. The audience participation is clever at the end of the first half, but dominates the second half. Great actors and sets.
Tanya, 13 Mar 2024
The disease of modern society
While there's a bit of a rant against modern society- from every angle- this still manages to be entertaining. Come with tour opinions sharpened..
Caroline, 27 Feb 2024