John Gabriel Borkman

24 September - 26 November 2022 Choose Dates & Book

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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Ticket prices
£15, £29.50, £45, £59.50, £75
Premium tickets £99.50
Prices may vary for preview performances and matinees

Performance schedule
Monday – Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm


Access Performances 
Audio described (plus touch tour): Saturday 5 November, 2.30pm
Captioned: Saturday 12 November, 2.30pm


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Simon Russell Beale
John Gabriel Borkman
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

Nicholas Hytner

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

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

Television includes Talking Heads for the BBC.

Opera includes Handel’s Xerxes for English National Opera and Giulio Cesare for Paris Opera; Mozart’s Magic Flute for ENO and Cosi Fan Tutte at Glyndebourne; and Verdi’s Don Carlo at the ROH.

November 2021

Henrik Ibsen
A new version 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

From a literal translation by
Charlotte Barslund
Set Designer
Anna Fleischle

Theatre includes A German Life and A Very Very Very Dark Matter at The Bridge; Hedda Tesman at Chichester; Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic; Home, I’m Darling for Clwyd Theatr Cymru, the National Theatre and in the West End (Olivier nominations for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design); The Writer and Before the Party at the Almeida Theatre; The Way of the World at the Donmar; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield Crucible and in the West End; Hangmen (also West End; Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Set Design) and Liberian Girl at the Royal Court; Much Ado About Nothing and Troilus and Cressida at Shakespeare’s Globe; The Kid Stays in the Picture for Complicité at the Royal Court; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Old Vic; Beware of Pity for Schaubühne Berlin/Complicité: Tiger Bay at Wales Millennium Centre/Cape Town Opera; Terror at the Lyric Hammersmith; Don Juan in Soho for Playful/West End; Rent: 20th Anniversary Production at St James Theatre/Theatr Clwyd and UK tour; The Exorcist at Birmingham Rep and West End; The Two Noble Kinsmen, Cymbeline and Love’s Sacrifice at the RSC; Henry V at Regent’s Park; Before I Leave for National Theatre of Wales; The End of Longing in the West End; John and Can We Talk About This (also international tour and Sydney Opera House) for the National/DV8 Physical Theatre; West Side Story, Blindsided, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Rat’s Tales for Royal Exchange Manchester; Love the Sinner at the National Theatre; As You Like It at Curve Leicester; and You Can See the Hills and Love and Money for the Royal Exchange Manchester/Young Vic.

Opera includes Don Giovanni, Iphigénie en Tauride, Paul Bunyan and King Priam (Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Opera) for English Touring Opera; Candide
for Opéra National de Lorraine; and Zaide for Sadler’s Wells and Classical Opera Company UK tour.

Dance includes Second Coming for Scottish Dance Theatre.

September 2019

Costume Designer
Liam Bunster