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An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Thomas Ostermeier

Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

Duke of York’s Theatre, London

March 2024

Matt Smith as Thomas Stockmann
Photograph by Manuel Harlan

Jodi and I review An Enemy of the People, which is currently playing at the Duke of York’s theatre in London’s West End. Matt Smith, who of course many will know from Dr Who, stars in Ibsen’s fable of truth and lies, political compromise and the environmental costs of capitalism.

This production is very much a contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s original play. It was conceived by the German director Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubuhne theatre in Berlin, where Ostermeier is the Artistic Director, and has now been redrafted in English by the British playwright, Duncan Macmillan. While the central plot of the play remains as Ibsen wrote it, this version brings the setting bang up to date, with references to many of the concerns of our time here in the UK.

The show also contains a very dramatic theatrical event, which has sparked debate among crtitics and audiences alike! So does this bold interpretation of Ibsen’s classic work for our time?

An Enemy of the People continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 13th April 2024.




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