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John Gabriel Borkman

By Henrik Ibsen

‘Unwin captures the naturalistic aspect of Ibsen excellently.’ The Guardian
‘Pennington’s Borkman is tough, bold, sharp of wit and tongue, self-obsessed, charismatic: John in excelsis.’ The Times
‘Bassett is a fine subtle actress, playing steely with tenderness underneath.’ Independent on Sunday
‘…this production still compellingly anatomises a family with a deadly splinter of ice in its heart.’ Evening Standard
‘a remarkable performance (Michael Pennington).’ Birmingham Post
‘Stephen Unwin is a peerless Ibsen director…’ Yorkshire Evening Press

Stephen Unwin directs Gillian Barge, Linda Bassett and Michael Pennington in a major new production of Henrik Ibsen’s late masterpiece.

John Gabriel Borkman has been in voluntary seclusion in an upstairs room since serving a prison sentence for embezzlement. His estranged wife Gunhild, her twin sister Ella, his son Erhart, the divorcee Mrs Wilton and Borkman himself, are all trapped in the suffocating atmosphere of their household.

There are only two ways out.


Malvern Theatres

19 - 22 Feb 2003

York Theatre Royal

25 Feb - 1 Mar 2003

Greenwich Theatre, London

4 - 8 Mar 2003

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

11 - 15 Mar 2003

The Lowry, Salford

25 - 29 Mar 2003

Oxford Playhouse

1 - 5 Apr 2003

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

8 - 12 Apr 2003

Richmond Theatre

15 - 19 Apr 2003

Creative Team


Stephen Unwin


Neil Warmington

Costume Designer

Mark Bouman

Lighting Designers

Ben Ormerod & Malcolm Rippeth


Corin Buckeridge

Sound Designer

Duncan Chave

Associate Designer

Sara Perks

Assistant Director

Laura Baggaley


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Mrs Gunhild Borkman

Gillian Barge
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Mrs Gunhild Borkman

Gillian Hanna
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Miss Ella Rentheim

Linda Bassett
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Mrs Fanny Wilton

Mairead Carty
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Barbara Kirby
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Erhart Borkman

James Loye
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Vilhelm Foldal

Fred Pearson
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John Gabriel Borkman

Michael Pennington
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Frida Foldal

Jemma Powell