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Public Enemy at the Young Vic

Public Enemy

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About the Show Less...

Henrik Ibsen’s timeless story of corruption and courage is revived in this powerful new version. Read More >

When Dr Stockmann discovers that the waters of a new public spa are toxic, he expects gratitude and glory. But his revelation makes him the most hated man in town. How far will a man go to stand up for the truth?

Penned in 1882, En Folkefiende is often considered to be Ibsen’s most comic play. Telling the tale of warring brothers – one the town’s mayor, one an idealistic scientist – it reveals the tensions and contradictions between public and private life.

Through the character of Dr Stockmann, Ibsen confronts the potential of unbridled idealism to slide into self-delusion, and in Mayor Stockmann how burning ambition and opportunism corrupts the political machine. With such contemporary concerns it remains as fresh and relevant today as when it was first written.



Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 4/05/2013

Opening Night: 13/05/2013

Closing Night: 8/06/2013

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Cast & Creative


Nick Fletcher, Darrell D’Silva, Niall Ashdown, Adam Best, Bryan Dick, Joel Fry, David Sibley, Beatrice Walker


Director - Richard Jones

Designer - Miriam Buether

Lighting Designer - Mimi Jordan Sherin

Author - Henrik Ibsen

About Young Vic

66 The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8LZ

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