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An adaptation of Ibsen's most complex play, in which a hero surrenders his privileged place in conservative Norwegian society. Can he win out against the status quo?

Rebekka West, the visionary, passionate heroine of 'Rosmersholm' inspired the English novelist to adopt that name. Ibsen's most complex play sees a society in turmoil through the lens of pastor John Rosmer and Rebekka, his social-revolutionary companion. Rosmer is recovering from the suicide of his unstable wife, Beata. Now Rebekka, replacing her in his affections, urges him to surrender his privileged place in conservative Norwegian society. A local elite plot to make him hold to the status quo. Can Rebekka prevail? Translated by Frank McGuinness and featuring music by Norwegian composer Marius Munthe-Kaas.

Music composed and arranged by Marius Munthe-Kaas
Music supervisor, Giles Perring
Gro Hole Austgulen (violin), Elin Kleppa Michalsen (violin), Anna Cecilia Johansson (viola), Olav Stener Olsen (cello)

Translated by Frank McGuinness
Adapted and directed by Peter Kavanagh

'Rosmersholm' premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 1987.

1 hour, 59 minutes

Last on

Sun 27 Jan 2019 19:30

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt - suite no. 1 (Op.46), Aase's death

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • Grieg: Peer Gynt/Holberg Suite: Marriner.
    • Hanssler Classics.
    • 9.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 10 No 1 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.


Role Contributor
Author Henrik Ibsen
John Rosmer Nicholas Farrell
Rebekka West Helen Baxendale
Professor Kroll Ronald Pickup
Ulrik Brendel Karl Johnson
Peder Mortensgaard Philip Jackson
Mrs Helseth Christine Absolom
Composer Marius Munthe-Kaas
Adaptor Peter Kavanagh
Director Peter Kavanagh


  • Sun 15 Jan 2017 21:00
  • Sun 27 Jan 2019 19:30