John Gabriel Borkman

January 7 – February 6, 2011

Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin Ireland
Description Greed is good, according to Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman-until it sends him to prison for embezzlement and leaves him ruined, disgraced, and desperate for a comeback. Three outstanding actors-Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman, and Fiona Shaw-join a wonderful ensemble from Ireland's acclaimed Abbey Theatre to tell this timely tale of one man's undoing in the wake of relentless deception and fraud.

As portrayed by two-time Tony Award nominee Rickman (director: Creditors, 2010 Spring Season; actor: Private Lives, Broadway; Harry Potter films), Borkman is a man obsessed with reinvention. He schemes in isolation while his estranged wife, played by Shaw (Happy Days, 2008 Spring Season; Medea, 2002 Next Wave), plots the restoration of the family name. Staged by James Macdonald (Top Girls, Broadway; Dying City, Lincoln Center Theater), Ibsen's mordant drama is triggered by the unannounced arrival-and stunning request-of Borkman's lover, portrayed by Tony Award winner Duncan (Private Lives, Broadway), whom he abandoned to secure the power that will forever elude his grasp.
Identifier 2011s.01085
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
costume designerJoan Bergin
lighting designerJean Kalman
playwrightHenrik Ibsen
set designer/decorTom Pye
sound designerIan Dickinson