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A modern adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People comes to the Playground Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JOLLEY Gosnold’s modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People runs at the Playground Theatre from July 2 to July 23, 2019.

A whistleblowing expert fights against the majority when politicians put power and profit before public safety.

Three years on from the Brexit vote and two years on from Grenfell, the play questions the effectiveness of our democracy when we trust an uninformed majority and reject the advice of experts, and cries out against the establishment who put profit before public safety.

Gosnold’s thrilling, energetic, fresh and relevant new version brings Ibsen’s text crashing into 21st Century London, with a cast the reflects the diverse community of Kensington and Chelsea.

Playing at one of London’s newest Off-West End Theatres in Latimer Road, in the shadow of Grenfell Tower, An Enemy of the People is an angry, political and personal story played out between the company of actors.

They include Gabriel Akuwudike, Freddie Wise, Max Keeble, Olivier Huband and Hannah Van Der Westhuysen.

Jolley Gosnold, who also directs, said: “This is such a vital piece of theatre, we’re performing the play with an incredibly talented and diverse young cast. We have a responsibility to the victims and survivors of Grenfell fire, and the wider community. This play is for them. This is keeping the conversation going, when it is continuing to be forgotten by politicians.”

An Enemy of the People is presented by Here Now Ensemble, who believe theatre should be available to all. Therefore, top price tickets are £22. There are discounts available for students, OAPs, Under 18s, Local Residents and Drama/Theatre Students. There are also £15 Early Bird Tickets for every performance, and the production will be teaming up with charities, community groups and arts organisations to ensure the play reaches a diverse audience that might not normally go to the theatre.

An Enemy of the People is suitable for ages 14+.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm.

Running Time 120 minutes.

To book tickets, visit theplaygroundtheatre.london/events/an-enemy-of-the-people/.