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Lichfield Players bring new Ibsen adaptation to the stage

Cast members John Phillips, Win Churchill, Maurice Allden, Stefan Dufaye, Ian Parkes, Rose Bodger and Dave Stonehouse

Cast members John Phillips, Win Churchill, Maurice Allden, Stefan Dufaye, Ian Parkes, Rose Bodger and Dave Stonehouse

The Lichfield Players will be one of the first companies in the country to perform a new adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People when they open for a two week run at the Lichfield Garrick at the beginning of February.

Critically acclaimed playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s rendition was first performed at the Arcola Theatre in London in April 2008 and was hailed by critics as, “urgent…potent” (Charlotte Loveridge, Curtain Up) and “gripping from start to finish” (Philip Fisher, The British Theatre Guide).

Director Chris Stanley said:

“We’re asking people to shelve any preconceptions they may have about Ibsen, and to come along with an open mind. My experience of seeing An Enemy of the People as an audience member had one of the most memorable, emotional effects on me.  Manipulation of the media, human selfishness and political corruption are as relevant in the 21st century as in the 1880s when Ibsen wrote the original play, and it was impossible not to feel impassioned by the struggles on stage.

“Rebecca’s version adds a snappy modernism to dialogue and really focuses the action which makes the play seem to fly by.”

An Enemy of the People follows the fortunes of Dr Stockmann who discovers his town’s lucrative spa waters are dangerously contaminated and, akin to Erin Brockovich, he raises the alarm with the expectation that something will be done.  Hailed as a hero, the community quickly turns against him when they prioritise profit over honesty and Dr Stockmann is left fighting for his integrity as well as the truth.

Chris added:

“For anyone that can find Ibsen dry…Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s An Enemy of the People should be compulsory viewing.”

The Lichfield Players’ production of An Enemy of the People runs at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from February 3 to 6 and from February 10 to 13.

Tickets – priced £9 (concessions £8 and £6) – are available from the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121 or online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Asellus aquaticus

    26th January, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Speaking from personal experience, I know that this is one of those plays that sounds like it is probably heavy and dull, but is actually really good entertainment.

    I saw the Arthur Miller version at the Nottingham Playhouse years ago and it was brilliant!