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Saint Martin's Lane 85-88, London WC2N 4BG

An Enemy of the People

Closed April 6, 2024

Thomas Ostermeier pushes the form and boundaries of theatre... It is an honour to be able to work with him on this great play and become part of this unique project.

Matt Smith

Why See An Enemy of the People?

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There's something in the water

Matt Smith swaps the dragons of Westeros for the West End as he makes his much-anticipated stage return in this brand-new, boldly reimagined production of Henrik Ibsen's 1883 play by Thomas Ostermeier. Tipped as a seminal and interactive staging from the esteemed German theatremaker, follow Smith as he stars as a doctor faced with uncovering a public health crisis at a local spa, much to the chagrin of the town's authorities.

While his most famous role was that of another doctor, Matt Smith has proven to be an enigmatic and varied performer with a back catalog that encompasses charismatic performances of both heroes and villains. His last West End role was opposite The Crown co-star Claire Foy in Duncan Macmillan's Lungs, live-streamed at The Old Vic during the 2020 Lockdowns.

What is the story?

Dr. Thomas Stockmann is a doctor in a small town who stumbles upon some terrible news - the town's main source of income, the local spa, has toxic contaminated water. Seeking to reveal the truth and save lives in the process, Stockmann publishes his findings only to receive vilification from the town. The news could destroy the town's economy, and so Stockmann receives pressure to retract his statement. What follows is a moral dilemma, can he retain his integrity, or will Stockmann cover up his findings to save face?

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Opening night: 6 February 2024


You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.

Cast and Creative


Matt Smith as Dr Stockmann
Jessica Brown Findlay as Katharina Stockmann
Priyanga Burford as Aslaksen
Zachary Hart as Billing
Paul Hilton as Peter Stockmann
Nigel Lindsay as Morten Kiil
Shubham Saraf as Hovstad


Written by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer
Directed by Thomas Ostermeir


Olivier Award Nominations - 2024

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Priyanga Burford
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Paul Hilton

What you thought

3 reviews, average rating: (3.0 Stars)

3.0 star rating

Rob: “Powerful monologue”

Highly enjoyable and relevant play. Very talented actors - Matt Smith delivered... more

Neville Austin: “Vacuous 'modernisation' and staged rather than performed.”

A substancial rewriting of the original text added nothing - quite bereft... more

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