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By Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness
Abbey Theatre, Ireland
Directed by James Macdonald
Greed is good, according to Ibsen's John Gabriel
Borkman-until it sends him to prison for embezzlement and
leaves him ruined, disgraced, and desperate for a comeback. Three
outstanding actors-Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman, and Fiona
Shaw-join a wonderful ensemble from Ireland's acclaimed Abbey
Theatre to tell this timely tale of one man's undoing in the wake
of relentless deception and fraud.
As portrayed by two-time Tony Award nominee Rickman (director: Creditors, 2010 Spring Season; actor: Private Lives, Broadway; Harry Potter films), Borkman is a man obsessed with reinvention. He schemes in isolation while his estranged wife, played by Shaw (Happy Days, 2008 Spring Season; Medea, 2002 Next Wave), plots the restoration of the family name. Staged by James Macdonald (Top Girls, Broadway; Dying City, Lincoln Center Theater), Ibsen's mordant drama is triggered by the unannounced arrival-and stunning request-of Borkman's lover, portrayed by Tony Award winner Duncan (Private Lives, Broadway), whom he abandoned to secure the power that will forever elude his grasp.
Set design by Tom Pye
Costume design by Joan Bergin
Lighting design by Jean Kalman
Sound design by Ian Dickinson