First published in 1882, An Enemy of the People is a classic tale of power and public opinion. The drama revolves around Doctor Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer who inspects public baths in his native town. Stockmann notices that the water is contaminated, with the potential to cause severe repercussions for all the local townsfolk, so he feels he must speak truth to power. Fearful of public outcry, the state tries to silence the doctor, declaring him an ‘enemy of the people’. In a battle against government forces, Stockmann must find a way to disseminate the truth before it is too late.
This highly anticipated production features a return to the stage for Matt Smith, best known for his starring role in Doctor Who. Smith is currently seen on television in the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, which earned him a Critics’ Choice Award nomination. Taking a break from his career on-screen, he will be taking on the role of Thomas Stockmann for a limited two-month season, starting in February 2024.
An Enemy of the People is a theatrical classic by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The play has been adapted numerous times, spawned many interpretations, and is often studied by drama students. This production, however, is a complete reimagining of the original piece, conceived and directed by German director Thomas Ostermeimer. In this new revival, Ostermeiner seeks to re-examine the piece through a contemporary lens, further emphasising its relevance for a modern audience. Whether you’re a fan of Matt Smith, Ibsen, or simply great theatre, this is not a play to be missed!