Ibsen play receives great reviews

 Date:02/11/2005 - 04/02/2006
 Type:Culture, Performing Arts
 Location:England, London

A new version of Henrik Ibsen's play 'Pillars of the Community', by Samuel Adamson, runs at the National Theatre in London until February 2006.

Calamity strikes when Bernick’s business prowess and pristine reputation are threatened by the revelation of a long-buried secret. Desperate to dodge exposure in the kowtowing local community, Bernick devises a pitiless plan which, by a shocking twist of fate, risks the one life he holds dear.

The National marks the centenary of Ibsen’s death with a vital new version of this rarely performed thriller, set amid a society struggling against the rush of capitalism, the lure of America and the passionate beginnings of the fight for female emancipation. Acclaimed stage actors Damian Lewis and Lesley Manville play characters Karsten Bernick and Lona Hessel.

The play received great critical acclaim from the Guardian's reviewer Michael Billington who wrote 'the real joy lies in seeing a virtually unknown Ibsen work rescued from the shadows and shown to be a resonant play for today' - read more...

To read the review in The Stage, click here.

'Pillars of the Community' runs concurrently with the exhibition of Edvard Munch by Himself - at the Royal Academy of Arts until 11 December 2005. The Royal Academy of Arts' exhibition comprises of 150 paintings, drawings, etchings and sketchbooks, as well as rarely seen photographic self-portraits. More info...

To book tickets call 020-7452 3000 or click here.

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Damian Lewis and Lesley Manville in Ibsen's  'Pillars of the Community'Photo: Hugo Glendinning