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Duke of York's Theatre

Matt Smith stars in Thomas Ostermeier’s iconoclastic version of Ibsen’s classic play about a community that rejects inconvenient truths.

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Whistleblowing, politics and the court of public opinion collide on stage as Doctor Who and House of the Dragon's Matt Smith stars in a thrilling reimagining of Ibsen’s classic play An Enemy of the People. This groundbreaking and urgent production by director Thomas Ostermeier has entertained, challenged and thrilled audiences in Germany and across the globe. Now you can become part of the conversation as it opens, in English, at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

About An Enemy of the People

When Doctor Thomas Stockmann inspects the baths in his town and discovers they are contaminated, he faces fierce resistance. His findings could mean the financially lucrative baths are closed, and the local government is determined to ensure they remain open. Soon, Thomas is declared a public enemy.

Henrik Ibsen’s acclaimed play is a tale of whistleblowing in a small community, and the force of public opinion that turns on those who speak unpalatable truths. With themes that reverberate into the present day with startling clarity, this is a sharp and often shrewdly funny dissection of hypocrisy, corruption, and society’s fluctuating moral codes.

Matt Smith in An Enemy of the People

Emmy Award nominee Matt Smith stars as Doctor Thomas Stockmann. Smith is a household name, loved for his roles as the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who, Prince Phillip in The Crown and Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon.

On stage, he has appeared in Lungs at the Old Vic Theatre and as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho the musical.

West End Creative Team

An Enemy of the People is directed in a seminal 21st-century version by Thomas Ostermeier, who is known for his work with Berlin’s Schaubühne Theatre. Ostermeier is one of Germany’s most famous theatre directors, and his iconoclastic, unflinching approach to adapting classic plays has seen him produce hits such as Hamlet, Richard III and Henrik Ibsen’s other plays A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler.

His production premiered at the Schaubühne Theatre in 2012, and transferred to the Barbican Theatre in 2014, performed in German. This fresh new staging is an unmissable opportunity to see his incredible theatrical vision on stage in English, performed by an internationally acclaimed star of stage and screen.

Don’t Miss Tickets For An Enemy of the People With Matt Smith

This fantastic 20th-century play is as powerful as ever, and this daring, visionary production will grip you from start to finish, and is sure to start debates after you have left the theatre! Don’t wait to book for Matt Smith in An Enemy of the People from February 2024.

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Performance dates:
12 Apr 2024 - 13 Apr 2024
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+
Audience Notes:
The appearance of any performer cannot be guaranteed and is always subject to illness, injury and statutory holiday entitlement.

An Enemy of the People Reviews

145 Reviews
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User Reviews


The play proved to be a pleasant surprise. I went mostly to see Matt Smith, but I must say I ended up enjoying the play as a whole as well. Yes, the first half was a bit slow at times, but especially the second half made it extremely worthwhile. The Read more

Performance date: 09 April 2024

I don't know the original so I can't say how this compares, but it was fun for the most part. Matt Smith is a blazing presence and he was well supported by Jessica Brown Findlay and the rest of the cast. It got preachy at the end and I really don't Read more

Performance date: 06 April 2024

Interesting adaptation, works well in the current political climate. Whole cast work well together to deliver a culturally relevant play.

Performance date: 10 April 2024
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