Dublin Theatre Festival

Abbey Theatre

John Gabriel Borkman

by Henrik Ibsen

Venue Abbey Theatre
Date 6 Oct - 9 Oct 7.30pm
11 Oct - 16 Oct 7.30pm
16 Oct 2.00pm
Duration 2hrs 40mins

In a new version by Frank McGuinness
Director James Macdonald
Set design Tom Pye
Lighting design Jean Kalman
Costume design Joan Bergin
Sound design Ian Dickinson
Cast Cathy Belton, Lindsay Duncan, John Kavanagh, Amy Molloy, Marty Rea, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and Joan Sheehy.

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John Gabriel Borkman

John Gabriel Borkman was once a great man. Wealthy, powerful, revered. He gave up love for success and was handsomely rewarded.  

But now, disgraced and destitute after a financial scandal and jail, the former director of the bank paces out each day, alone in an upstairs room, planning his comeback.

Downstairs his wife Gunhild lives a parallel life, plotting for their son to restore the family’s reputation.   

The claustrophobia of their lives is shattered once and for all with the arrival of Gunhild’s twin sister Ella, the woman whose love Borkman gave away...

The Abbey Theatre presents Ibsen’s devastating and darkly comic play in a new version by Frank McGuinness, with Alan Rickman as Borkman, Fiona Shaw as Gunhild and Lindsay Duncan as Ella.

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