One Tower Bridge, London SE1 2UP

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John Gabriel Borkman

Until April 17, 2020

Ibsen's penultimate play is a magnificently spacious work of art. It can be seen as a ruthless self-portrait, a Marxist attack on capitalism, a Freudian study in twisted passion.

The Guardian

Why See John Gabriel Borkman?


A Powerful Portrayal Of Capitalist Greed 

The Bridge continues its 2020 season with the Father of Realism's penultimate masterpiece John Gabriel Borkman. Written in 1896, Ibsen's scorching exploration of rampant nineteenth century capitalism is rarely performed but all to relevant thanks to its portrayal of selfish ambition and the wrecking power of greed.  

Olivier Award-winner Simon Russell Beal plays the titular character. Once a great man, with wealth, power and reverance at his fingertips. But all that glitters is not gold... Instead of choosing love in his youth, he chose success in business instead and was handsomely rewarded. Later in life, he falls into disgrace and destitution after financial scandal and a stint in jail. Pacing his chambers, he plots his return, whilst his wife Gunhild does the same. The arrival of Gunhild's twin sister Ella, the woman he gave up for money, brings old hurts and resentments bubbling to the surface. 

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Opening night: 11 February 2020

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