David Hare’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, now titled Peter Gynt transforms a play over 150 years old into the present day. In a story of transformation and romance, the production blends comedic and tragic moments together as Gynt’s ideas and values are tested. Ibsen’s play was last performed at the National in 2000, however this adaptation revives the story with a contemporary feel.
James McArdle will star in the title role, with previous National Theatre credits including Angels in America, The James Plays and Emperor and Galilean. Additional credits include Chariots of Fire and The Heart of Robin Hood.
The cast is completed by Tamsin Carroll, Jonathan Coy, Anya Chalotra, Caroline Deyga, Lauren Ellis-Steele, Oliver Ford Davies, Andrew Fraser, Guy Henry, Dani Heron, Ryan Hunter, Isabelle Joss, Lorne MacFadyen, Adam McNamara, Martin Quinn, Ann Louise Ross, Nabil Shaban, Jatinder Singh Randhawa, Sonnyboy Skelton and Hannah Visocchi.
Originally written as a five-act play and titled Peer Gynt, this adaptation follows Peter, a young man whose desire to marry someone special sees him go on a worldwide journey. Join Peter at destinations across the globe, including Florida, Egypt and even to a troll-inhabited mountain, before settling back him in Scotland during his final days.
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