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Date:  24 September 2014 - 01 November 2014

International Ibsen Season at the Barbican

Photo: Monica Ritterhaus

For its International Ibsen Season the Barbican transports three of Ibsen's plays to the contemporary age, illuminating issues that resonate powerfully today.

An Enemy of the People
Ostermeier’s potent adaptation catapults Ibsen into a modern world of environmental and financial crises, becoming a mirror for our times. When Dr Stockmann discovers that industrial pollution is contaminating his spa town, he knows the right thing to do. But the inconvenient truth is unwelcome in a community whose survival depends on selling toxic water to tourists. As the cover-up gathers pace, can a solitary whistleblower avoid being brought to his knees? Studded with contemporary political and musical references, the production builds to an explosive final act in which you are invited to join the debate. 

Schaubuhne Berlin: An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
24 - 28 September 2014 / 19:45, 15:00
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets

Peer Gynt
Ibsen's famous hero becomes rock royalty in this 21st century reboot featuring songs by Iggy Pop and new writing by Sam Shepard. Driven by a timeless hunger for fame and wealth, ‘PG’ remains a man on a desperate quest for his inner-self. His fantastical journey is wholly updated by this exuberant show rich in contemporary imagery, live music and original poetry. Born into an international theatre family, Irina Brook first read Peer Gynt as a young actress living in 1980s New York. Friends at the time with Iggy Pop, she imagined Ibsen’s eponymous hero as the boisterous rock star. Years later, her vision has been vividly realised in an adaptation featuring creative contributions from the legendary musician as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard. 

Théâtre National de Nice: Peer Gynt after Henrik Ibsen
8 - 11 October 2014 / 19:15
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets 

The Wild Duck
The Wild Duck is reimagined for the modern stage, with the action unfolding within a glass enclosure. Hjalmar lives in a flat with his wife, senile father, visually impaired daughter and a duck. Still he’s reasonably content, until his old friend Gregers returns to town, armed with disturbing revelations that threaten to blow their lives apart. 
Known in Australia as a 'fearless adaptor of classic plays' (Daily Telegraph, Sydney), Simon Stone  liberates the drama with a taut new script, distilled cast and action that unfolds in rapid, unpredictable scenes. Driven by a superb ensemble, this is a work of immediacy and emotive power. 

Belvoir Sydney: The Wild Duck by Simon Stone and Chris Ryan after Henrik Ibsen
23 October 2014 - 1 November 2014 / 19:45, 15:00
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Tickets 

Special events during the Ibsen Season
25 Sep
Post-show talk with Thomas Ostermeier and members of the company in conversation with Simon McBurney
Free to same-day ticket holders

9 Oct 
Post-show talk with Irina Brook and members of the company Free to same-day ticket holders 

25 & 26 Oct
Weekend Lab: Simon Stone
Tickets 

25 Oct, 3.30pm
Contemporary Ibsen in Performance A panel discussion
Tickets


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