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    Ibsen at his most incendiary
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John Gabriel Borkman Tickets

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.

Performance dates: 23 Nov 2022 - 26 Nov 2022

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (without an interval)

Age recommendation: TBC

Sorry this show closed 26 November 2022.

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Latest Audience Reviews

Funnier than I was expecting it to be and less a feeling of tragedy & despair. Not really emotion... More

leepeddie 02 Nov 2022

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 good entertainment.

leepeddie 02 Nov 2022

Despite this play being written well over 100 years ago, its themes are prescient. Strong perform... More

helenkeegan 30 Oct 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 fantastic and really adds to the atmosphere. Yes, Ibsen's plays are a bit bleak and this is no exception, but it's still very watchable.

helenkeegan 30 Oct 2022

“Women ruin everything.” “When push comes to shove, women are fundamentally interchangeable.” “Wh... More

katiel16 Top 10 reviewer18 Oct 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.

katiel16 Top 10 reviewer18 Oct 2022

When you mess up your own life you urgently need to try for a rerun… through your child. He isn’t... More

katiel16 Top 10 reviewer18 Oct 2022

When you mess up your own life you urgently need to try for a rerun… through your child. He isn’t having any of it, he has his own life to lead. The writing gives the thespians all the tools they need. Magical.

katiel16 Top 10 reviewer18 Oct 2022

Really enjoyed it, Simon Russell Beale was amazing. My first Ibsen play so no yard stick to measu... More

mariap34 19 Oct 2022

Really enjoyed it, Simon Russell Beale was amazing. My first Ibsen play so no yard stick to measure against. After this will be on the look out for more.

mariap34 19 Oct 2022

The writing is immense. What happens when a Man’s ego goes unchecked. It is seriously horrid, com... More

katiel16 Top 10 reviewer18 Oct 2022

The writing is immense. What happens when a Man’s ego goes unchecked. It is seriously horrid, completely compelling and at times very funny. The women more than hold their own. The four acts are separated by Saint Saens Danse Macabre on the piano.

katiel16 Top 10 reviewer18 Oct 2022
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