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    James McArdle stars in Peter Gynt, a re-imagining of Ibsen’s epic, sprawling classic at the National Theatre. Adapted by Olivier Award winner David Hare, this towering modern myth plays in the Olivier Theatre.

    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.

    Sorry this show closed 09 October 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

    Performance dates:
    07 Oct 2019 - 09 Oct 2019
    Running time:
    3 hours and 35 minutes including an 2 intervals.
    National Theatre - Olivier (See map)
    Age recommendation:
    Audience Notes:
    Anyone who loved McArdle’s tour-de-force performances in Angels in America or Platonov should snap up tickets for Peter Gynt.

    Latest Audience Reviews

    An energetic show. This modern interpretation of an Ibsen work, sometimes considered arduous, kep... More

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    pl6125 08 Oct 2019

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

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    mickeyjotheatre Top 200 reviewer 12 Oct 2019

    A very bizarre show, which I knew barely anything about before seeing, but has a fantastic centra... More

    rikkiONshow's avatar
    rikkiONshow Top 10 reviewer 28 Sep 2019
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    ohmrli 25 Sep 2019

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

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    ohmrli 17 Aug 2019

    I came back to see the show for the second time, for a personal interest in Ibsen's dramaturgy: t... More

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    arialda 03 Oct 2019
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