Peter Gynt at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Peter Gynt at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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About the show

After stunning audiences in Angels in America, James McArdle returns to the Olivier Theatre stage for Peter Gynt. A modern adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, this outlandish but epic play is a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival.

Peter Gynt is an ordinary man who dreams of becoming more. In David Hare’s sharp and satirical re-imagining, Ibsen’s unruly antihero traverses the globe after stealing away a local bride. From the poolside heat of Florida to the dry deserts of Egypt, Gynt embarks on a remarkable journey of transformation populated by talking hyenas, two-headed trolls, and a final return to his Scottish homeland.

James McArdle won the 2015 Ian Charleson Award, First Prize, for Platonov and has since delivered bravura performances in the multi-award-winning revival of Angels in America and Ivanov. He most recently appeared in Mary Queen of Scots on screen.

Further casting includes Oliver Ford Davies (Racing Demon; Goodnight Mister Tom), Tamsin Carroll (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) and Guy Henry (BBC’s Holby City; The Changeling).

Playwright David Hare has worked prolifically at the National Theatre, with recent credits including The Red Barn and I’m Not Running. A writer and director for screen and stage, he won the 2011 PEN Pinter Prize.

His adaptation of Peer Gynt is directed by former Almeida Artistic Director Jonathan Kent (The Country Wife; Gypsy) with sets and costumes from Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King) and movement by Polly Bennett (The Lehman Trilogy BBC’s Killing Eve).

Transporting ancient Scandinavian parables to the modern day, Peter Gynt is a dazzling and wholly unique piece of theatre with a virtuoso central performance from McArdle. It runs at the Olivier Theatre from 16 August 2019.

Recommended for

Anyone who loved McArdle’s tour-de-force performances in Angels in America or Platonov should snap up tickets for Peter Gynt.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 35 minutes (including 2 intervals)
Opened: 16 Aug 2019
Booking from: 07 Oct 2019
Booking until: 09 Oct 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

20 Reviews Add review

An energetic show. This modern interpretation of an Ibsen work, sometimes considered arduous, kept the tempo high. James McArdle gave... More

pl6125 186cm, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Peter Gynt, a name repeated so many times it starts to sound like a Shakespearian era insult, is a fascinatingly strange play. Updated... More

mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 118 reviews, 9 helpful votes

A very bizarre show, which I knew barely anything about before seeing, but has a fantastic central performance from James McArdle,... More

rikkiONshow 178cm, 355 reviews, 6 helpful votes

ohmrli 75 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Fasinating show with modernised dialogue . Stage design is superb and lead actor is outstanding .

ohmrli 75 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I came back to see the show for the second time, for a personal interest in Ibsen's dramaturgy: this is an interesting and energetic... More

arialda 162cm, 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great central performance, but the rest a bit meh.

Theatretrek54 5'8, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

londontheatrefan 5'4", 204 reviews, 5 helpful votes

gmr 180, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes