Henrik Ibsen’s 1892 classic An Enemy of the People is given a 21st-century Brexit Britain, post-Grenfell update care of writer and director Jolley Gosnold in a new production staged this summer at west London’s Playground Theatre, in the shadow of the remains of Grenfell Tower. Gabriel Akuwudike stars. Time to get booking!
Here Now Ensemble presents An Enemy of the People for a strictly limited season at the Playground Theatre, running from 2 to 23 July 2019, with a press night on 5 July.
A whistleblowing expert fights against the majority when politicians put power and profit before public safety. Writer-director Jolley Gosnold’s new version of Henrik Ibsen’s fierce political masterpiece is updated for the here and now:
- 3 years on from the Brexit vote: The play questions the effectiveness of our democracy when we trust an uninformed majority and reject the advice of experts.
- 2 years on from Grenfell: The play cries out against the establishment who put profit before public safety.
At one of London’s newest Off-West End theatres, in Latimer Road, a stone’s throw from Grenfell Tower, an angry, political and personal story plays out amongst a company of some of the most exciting upcoming actors on stage and screen.
Gabriel Akuwudike (Dealing with Clair, Time is Love, The Bisexual, TV’s Brexit: An Uncivil War) takes the title role alongside Freddie Wise (Poldark, Maleficent 2), Max Keeble (Maurice, Faithful Ruslan, I Run), Olivier Huband (Mission Impossible: Fallout, Informer) and Hannah Van Der Westhuysen (Lamborghini, The Bay of Silence, Vespa Diaries). The production is designed by Alys Whitehead.
Here Now producer Ewa Borowska says: “An Enemy of the People has never been more relevant and Jolley Gosnold’s thrilling, energetic, fresh new version brings Ibsen’s text crashing into 21st-century London, with a cast the reflects the diverse community of Kensington and Chelsea.”
Jolley Gosnold, whose other recent directing credits include the premiere of Michael McManus‘ political drama An Honourable Man at the White Bear Theatre, adds:
“This is such a vital piece of theatre. We’re performing the play with an incredibly talented and diverse young cast. We have a responsibility to the victims and survivors of Grenfell fire, and the wider community. This play is for them. This is keeping the conversation going, when it is continuing to be forgotten by politicians.”
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright, director and poet. His most famous plays include Hedda Gabler, A Doll’s House, Ghosts, Peer Gynt, The Lady from the Sea, The Master Builder, Emperor and Galilean and Little Eyolf.
About Here Now Ensemble
Here Now Ensemble is a London-based theatre group interested in presenting the most exciting and relevant work for audiences today. The company aims to bring old and forgotten masterpieces to life, commission new writing and finding the best international writing to bring to the UK stage. The company is led by co-artistic directors Ewa Borowska and Jolley Gosnold.
Here Now Ensemble believe theatre should be available to all. Therefore, top-price tickets for An Enemy of the People are just £22, with £15 Early Bird Tickets for every performance, and discounts available for students, OAPs, Under 18s, Local Residents and Drama/Theatre Students. The production is also teaming up with charities, community groups and arts organisations to ensure the play reaches a diverse audience that might not normally go to the theatre.
An Enemy of the People runs from 2 to 23 July 2019 at the Playground Theatre, Latimer Road, London W10 6RQ, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (except 3 July). Tickets are priced £15-22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!