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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: 06 Oct 2022 - 26 Nov 2022

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

Age recommendation: TBC

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Latest audience reviews

So much to think about. What a clever play. Very clever writing. Horrid views about women – but that... More

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer27 Sep 2022

So much to think about. What a clever play. Very clever writing. Horrid views about women – but that was (and sometimes still is) the norm.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer27 Sep 2022
katherineh5 Top 50 reviewer29 Sep 2022
katherineh5 Top 50 reviewer29 Sep 2022

Not a word or gesture wasted or redundant. Stunning.

katiel16 Top 50 reviewer27 Sep 2022

A real turkey. Glad it wasn’t overlong as it had little to redeem it, except for the talented pianist. More

alisonb 05 Oct 2022

A real turkey. Glad it wasn’t overlong as it had little to redeem it, except for the talented pianist.

alisonb 05 Oct 2022

So disappointing. The play has been updated but is slow paced and clunky and even great acting from Simon... More

alisonb 05 Oct 2022

So disappointing. The play has been updated but is slow paced and clunky and even great acting from Simon Russell Beale and Lia Williams couldn’t make it work. The characters Fanny Wilton and Erhadt just weren’t convincing, the former played rather hammily , perhaps in an effort to instil humour into what is supposed to be a dark comedy, but it didn’t work and just became amateurish. People next to us and in seats behind were so bored or disliked the play so much they left halfway through, even though there wasn’t an interval! The best performance was from Freda, the exquisite pianist, from whom we didn’t hear nearly enough. Sorry Bridge, this is not up to your usual standard and maybe its postponement due to Covid should have been permanent…

alisonb 05 Oct 2022
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