This spring will see another large-scale effort to present the work of the Norwegian master to contemporary audiences as Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell assume the leading roles in Rosmersholm, with Ian Rickson directing.
Rosmersholm is certainly one of Ibsen’s lesser-known plays in the English-speaking world. First performed in 1886, it continues Ibsen’s line in investigating personal human lives within the context of grand political and social ideas. The story concerns John Rosmer, an ex-parson and heir of a venerable dynasty, who, with huge political changes looming, finds his loyalties and principles tested and contested. Not the least of these challenges comes from his house-keeper Rebecca West, a ‘new woman’, an anti-Christian force of nature.
The part of Rosmer will be taken by Tom Burke, most recently seen on BBC TV in adaptations including War and Peace and The Musketeers, as well as the title role in Strike, adapted from JK Rowling's series as Robert Galbraith; his roughness and toughness seems well-matched for Ibsen's challenging male hero. Hayley Atwell will star opposite as Rebecca West. She has impressed on stage in Measure for Measure at Donmar Warehouse, on TV in Howard's End, and is a recurring presence as Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ibsen is a notorious challenge, his grand Norwegian verse and prose being imposing both to audiences and would-be translators. This new adaptation is by Duncan Macmillan – perhaps best known for his collaboration with Robert Icke in their theatrical take on 1984 – but whose varied work, including Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing, 2071 and People, Places and Things, looks with depth and nuance at issues both personal and political.
Paired with Rickson, perhaps most famous for directing Jez Butterworth’s modern classic Jerusalem, a vibrant new Ibsen might be expected to emerge, powered by two versatile leads.
|What||Rosmersholm, Duke of York's Theatre|
|Where||Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
24 Apr 19 – 20 Jul 19, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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