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Peter Gynt

National Theatre of Great Britain / David Hare / Jonathan Kent

Scottish star James McArdle takes the challenging title role in a raucous reboot of Ibsen’s epic play.

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Peter Gynt is a provocative, raucous reboot of Ibsen’s epic verse play, created by David Hare and directed by Jonathan Kent, in a major co-production with National Theatre of Great Britain.

Scottish star James McArdle takes the supremely challenging role of Peter Gynt, playing him across all the improbable chapters of his life. The Glasgow-born actor made a huge impact as James I in Rona Munro’s The James Plays in 2014. More recently he appeared in the National Theatre and Broadway revival of Angels in America and the film Mary Queen of Scots. He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the team behind the triumphant Young Chekhov season at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.

In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century, transposing him from Norway to Scotland.

Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, not like anyone else. But 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.

Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, a five-act play in verse, was published in 1867. Ibsen rejected the limitations of the stagecraft of his day, writing instead a sprawling, magical realist multitude of scenes exploring the subconsciousness.

★★★★ 'James McArdle is dazzling in this laugh-out-loud production' The Independent

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Previews
1—2 Aug 7pm
Contains strong language
BSL
British Sign Language interpreted performance
7 Aug 7pm
AD
Audio Described performance
8 Aug 7pm
CAP
Captioned performance
8 Aug 7pm
TT
Touch Tour
8 Aug 5.30pm

David Hare Writer
Jonathan Kent Director
Richard Hudson Set & Costume Designer
Mark Henderson Lighting Designer
Paul Englishby Composer
Dick Straker Video Designer
Christopher Shutt Sound Designer
Polly Bennett Movement Director

Cast includes Tamsin Carroll, Jonathan Coy, Oliver Ford Davies, Caroline Deyga, Lauren Ellis-Steele, Andrew Fraser, Dani Heron, Isabelle Joss, Lorne MacFadyen, James McArdle, Adam McNamara, Martin Quinn, Jatinder Singh Randhawa, Ann Louise Ross

A co-production between Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre of Great Britain


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1-10 August 2019

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Stalls (Preview)
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Upper circle (Preview)
£15 £10
Dress circle
£38 £29 £20 £15
Stalls
£38 £29 £20
Upper circle
£20 £15
Under 18s
50% off (not available on top price tickets)
Young Scot Card holder
50% off (not available on top price tickets)
Under 26
25% off (not available on top price tickets)
Senior citizens (limited availability)
30% off
Arts workers employed within Scotland (limited availability)
30% off
Registered unemployed (limited availability)
30% off
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★★★★ a sharp satire on contemporary mores that yields an outstanding performance from James McArdle

The Guardian

★★★★ James McArdle is dazzling in this laugh-out-loud production

The Independent

★★★★ a mind-expanding dream of a show

The Herald

★★★★ I loved it for its outlandish ambition, carefree theatricality and aphoristic wit and wisdom

Daily Mail

★★★★ James McArdle's towering lead, a strong ensemble and David Hare's adaptation make a compelling Peter Gynt

Arts Desk

★★★★ James McArdle puts in a tour de force performance

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