“‘Now I see that love is selfish. It makes you a country of two. At war with the rest of the world.’
An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm is Rosmersholm, the grand house of an influential dynasty. This is where the future will be decided by John Rosmer – a man torn between the idealised hope of the future and the ghosts of his past”.
Henrik Ibsen’s masterwork ‘Rosmersholm’ makes its West End premiere in a startling new adaption by Duncan Macmillan (writer of ‘People Places and Things’).
Directed by Ian Rickson, the production will star Tom Burke in the role of John Rosmer, a man haunted by history and tradition, opposite Hayley Atwell‘s Rebecca West, one of Ibsen’s greatest heroines.
Tom Burke, known for his roles in the BBC series’ ‘The Musketeers’ and ‘Strike’, recently appeared in touring production ‘Don Carlos’, and in the National Theatre production of ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ in 2016.
Hayley Atwell, who could most recently be seen on stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of ‘Measure for Measure’, is known for her role as Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel series ‘Agent Carter’, and in several of the Marvel films. Recent television credits include BBC series’ ‘Howards End’, and ‘The Long Song’.
Further casting includes Lucy Briers (Wolf Hall + Bring Up The Bodies, West End/Broadway; The Seagull, Chichester Festival Theatre), Jake Fairbrother (Lady from the Sea, Donmar Warehouse; The Maids, HOME, Manchester), Giles Terera (who won an Olivier Award for his acclaimed performance in Hamilton; Horrible Histories) and Peter Wight (The Birthday Party, West End; Hamlet, Almeida/ West End).
For his recent revival of ‘Translations’ at the National Theatre, Ian Rickson was nominated for ‘Best Director’ at the Evening Standard Awards. His credits include: Harold Pinter’s ‘The Birthday Party’, Betrayal, and Jez Butterworth’s ‘Jerusalem’.
The production will feature design by Rae Smith, sound by Gregory Clarke, music by Stephen Warbeck, lighting by Neil Austin, and casting by Amy Ball.
Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, ‘Rosmersholm’ will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24th April to 20th July 2019.