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An ordinary man. A remarkable journey.
Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else. When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland.
In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century. James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation, following his acclaimed performances in Platonov and Angels in America. He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (0%)
This whole play felt like a weird dream and definitely isn't for people who prefer realistic stories. But if you're up for a wild ride, wacky musical numbers and brilliant acting then go along. The 3 and a bit hours seems off putting but it does go by with enough variety to keep things interesting.
Reviewed on 01 October 2019 by Anna, London, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, July 11 2019, 16:17
This play is usually called Peer Gynt. It’s a rambling pageant of symbolism by Henrik Ibsen that, some people believe, he never intended to be staged. Never the less it’s so often produced it’s Norway’s most performed work. There’s even an annual festival dedicated to it.Review PETER GYNT at the National Theatre