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John Gabriel Borkman

US Premiere
Jan 7—Feb 6, 2011
RUN TIME: 2hrs 45min with intermission
January 2011
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Friday January 07, 2011
No performances this day.
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By Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness
Abbey Theatre, Ireland
Directed by James Macdonald

“Few theaters in modern times have had a greater impact on their own society than the Abbey”
—The New York Times

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