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Bridge Theatre

Simon Russell Beale, Clare Higgins and Lia Williams stars in an exciting new version of Henrik Ibsen’s classic dark comedy.

Simon Russell Beale in Ibsen’s black comedy

Simon Russell Beale returns to the stage in the towering role of disgraced entrepreneur John Gabriel Borkman, as the Bridge Theatre stages an exciting new version of the classic play.

John Gabriel Borkman is the tale of a man who has fallen from great success to a prison sentence for fraud. As he paces one of his upstairs rooms, brooding over his ruined reputation, his estranged wife Gunhild plots downstairs. Both determined to restore the family name, the arrival of Gunhild’s sister suddenly opens old wounds.

John Gabriel Borkman is one of Henrik Ibsen’s later plays, with a fantastic streak of dark comedy at its heart. At the Bridge Theatre, it is translated in a new version by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) and directed by Olivier Award winner Nicholas Hytner (The History Boys).

The John Gabriel Borkman London cast includes Simon Russell Beale (The Lehman Trilogy) in the title role, Clare Higgins (National Theatre: Sweet Bird of Youth) as Gunhild Borkman, and Lia Williams (Donmar Warehouse: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) as Ella Rentheim.

Enjoy a blackly comic classic performed by some of the UK’s best actors with John Gabriel Borkman tickets this year.

Sorry this show closed 26 November 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
23 Nov 2022 - 26 Nov 2022
Running time:
1 hour and 40 minutes.
Age recommendation:

John Gabriel Borkman Reviews

58 Reviews
  • 5 Stars53%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars5%

User Reviews


Funnier than I was expecting it to be and less a feeling of tragedy & despair. Not really emotionally engaging, as the characters aren’t that likeable or sympathetic. Well worth a watch though as the acting is first class and the whole experience go Read more

Performance date: 01 November 2022

Despite this play being written well over 100 years ago, its themes are prescient. Strong performances from the three lead characters, as you would expect from Simon Russell Beale, Lia Williams and Claire Higgins. The musical accompaniment is fantast Read more

Performance date: 29 October 2022

“Women ruin everything.” “When push comes to shove, women are fundamentally interchangeable.” “What about me and your son – I count you as part of me.” So many memorable lines... delivered to perfection.

Performance date: 18 October 2022
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