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John Gabriel Borkman

John Gabriel Borkman, once an illustrious entrepreneur, has been brought low by a prison sentence for fraud. As he paces alone in an upstairs room, bankrupt and disgraced, he is obsessed by dreams of his comeback. Downstairs, his estranged wife plots the restoration of the family name. When her sister arrives unannounced, she triggers a desperate showdown with the past.

Simon Russell Beale plays Borkman in Ibsen’s towering masterpiece.

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Cast

Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale

Theatre includes at The Bridge A Christmas Carol. For the National Theatre: The Lehman Trilogy (also West End and New York), King Lear, Timon of Athens, Collaborators, London Assurance, A Slight Ache, Landscape, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, The Life of Galileo, Jumpers (also West End and New York), Humble Boy (also West End), Hamlet, Candide, Money, Othello, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Volpone. For the Donmar Warehouse, Temple, Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya. For the Almeida, Richard II and Macbeth. At the Barbican, Julius Caesar. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Tempest and Richard III. At the Old Vic and in New York, Uncle Vanya and The Winter’s Tale. In the West End, Mr Foote’s Other Leg (from Hampstead Theatre), Privates on Parade, Monty Python’s Spamalot (also New York), and Deathtrap.

Television includes Persuasion, A Dance to the Music of Time, The Young Visiters, Dunkirk, John Adams, Spooks, Falstaff in The Hollow Crown, Penny Dreadful, and Vanity Fair; and as presenter for Great Historians, Monteverdi in Mantua, Symphony and Sacred Music.

Film includes An Ideal Husband, Hamlet, Alice in Wonderland, The Gathering, The Deep Blue Sea, My Life with Marilyn, Into the Woods, Tarzan, The Death of Stalin, Operation Finale, Radioactive, Mary Queen of Scots, Operation Mincemeat, and Benediction.

Radio Extensive work includes playing George Smiley in the adaptations of all the John Le Carré novels.

Ballet Playing The Duchess in Alice in Wonderland for the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.

Simon Russell Beale was knighted in 2019.

Creative Team

Director
Nicholas Hytner

Nicholas Hytner is Co-Founder of the Bridge Theatre where he has directed Young Marx, Julius Caesar, Allelujah!, Alys, Always, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Ladies, Beat the Devil, The Shrine, Bed Among the Lentils and A Christmas Carol. From 2003 to 2015, he was Director of the National Theatre where his productions included Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Much Ado About Nothing, One Man, Two Guvnors, Collaborators, Timon of Athens and Othello.

Film includes The Madness of King George and The Lady in the Van.

Opera includes Handel’s Xerxes for English National Opera and Giulio Cesare for Paris Opera; and Mozart’s Magic Flute for ENO, Cosi Fan Tutte at Glyndebourne, and Don Giovanni for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.

Adapted by
Lucinda Coxon

Lucinda Coxon previously collaborated with Nicholas Hytner at The Bridge on the world premiere of Alys, Always.  Her other theatre writing credits include Herding Cats, Happy Now, The Eternal Not, Nostalgia, The Shoemaker’s Wife, Vesuvius, Wishbones, Three Graces, The Ice Palace and Waiting at the Water’s Edge.  Her screen writing credits include the award-winning The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, The Little Stranger starring Domhnall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson, The Crimson Petal and The White starring Romola Garai for the BBC, Wild Target starring Emily Blunt and The Heart of Me starring Paul Bettany and Helena Bonham-Carter.

November 2019