Date:  09 June 2011 19:00 - 31 July 2011 22:00
Location: London
Category:  Performance

Ibsen at National Theatre

Charting the true odyssey of Julian, an astonishing man, as he struggles to find spiritual fulfilment and political pre-eminence, Ibsen’s lost masterpiece ‘Emperor & Galilean’ will be staged at the National Theatre in a production directed by Jonathan Kent.

Made Emperor, Julian attemps to abolish Christianity and restore the old gods. But met with fierce resistance, this great free-thinker becomes a tyrant more hated than his brutal predecessor Constantius. And in arousing the Christians from their apathy he advances their cause, his life and death altering the course of history in stark opposition to his intent.

Ibsen’s magnificent farewell to epic drama tackles faith head on. A cast of 50 will perform this new version, creating a cathedral of sound and ritual. Lead actor Andrew Scott last appeared at the National in Aristocrats;  his theatre work includes Cock, Dying City and A Girl in a Car with a Man (Olivier Award), Crave and Dublin Carol (also Old Vic) at the Royal Court, Sea Wall at the Bush and Traverse, and The Vertical Hour on Broadway. TV includes Garrow’s Law, Sherlock, Foyle’s War, John Adams, The Quatermass Experiment, My Life in Film, The Plot to Kill Hitler and Band of Brothers.

Director Jonathan Kent’s productions for the NT include Oedipus and The False Servant.  As joint artistic director, with Ian McDiarmid, of the Almeida Theatre for over ten years, his productions included Ivanov, The Tempest, Medea (also West End and Broadway), Richard II and Coriolanus (Almeida at Gainsborough Studios), Phèdre, Britannicus and Plenty (Almeida at the Albery Theatre); and Lulu, Platonov and King Lear (Almeida at King’s Cross).  In 2008 he directed Marguerite, The Sea and The Country Wife at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

9 June – 31 July
‘Emperor & Galilean’
National Theatre
South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Book tickets online or Box Office:  020 7452 3000.

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