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Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell to star in Rosmersholm at the Duke of York's Theatre

Hayley Atwell. Photo by Faye Thomas.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm by Duncan Macmillan will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from May 2 (previews from April 24) to July 20, 2019.

Directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, The Birthday Party, Translations), it will star Tom Burke as John Rosmer and Hayley Atwell as Rebecca West, with further casting to be announced soon.

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.

Tom Burke was recently seen on the London stage in The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre and Reasons to Be Happy at Hampstead Theatre. He is best known for playing the lead role in Strike, the BBC television adaptation of the Cormoran Strike novels by JK Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Burke’s other notable television roles include Athos in the BBC series The Musketeers and Dolokhov in the BBC literary-adaptation miniseries War and Peace. His latest film, The Souvenir, premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival.

Hayley Atwell’s most recent theatre work includes Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, Dry Powder at Hampstead Theatre and The Pride at Trafalgar Studios. She won great acclaim for her performances in the BBC adaptations of Howards End and The Long Song last year.

Widely known as Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and subsequent TV series Agent Carter, Atwell also starred in The Duchess, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella and most recently Christopher Robin. Her latest film Blinded by the Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha and based on the book by Sarfraz Manzoor premiered at Sundance 2019.

Tom Burke. Photo by Alastair Muir.

Rosmersholm is the tenth collaboration between Sonia Friedman Productions and director Ian Rickson following celebrated West End productions of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Old Times and Betrayal, and Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem (West End and Broadway), The River (Broadway) and Mojo (West End). He also worked with SFP on productions of The Children’s Hour (West End), Electra (The Old Vic) and The Seagull (Broadway).

Rickson was artistic director of the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006. His recent stage productions include Translations, Evening at the Talk House and The Red Lion (National Theatre), The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (West End), Against (Almeida Theatre) and The Nest (Lyric Belfast/Young Vic).

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and director who previously collaborated with Sonia Friedman Productions on the West End and Broadway run of 1984, which he co-adapted/co-directed with Robert Icke. His other plays include People Places and Things which enjoyed huge success in London and New York, Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing, 2071 (co-written with Chris Rapley), The Forbidden Zone and most recently City of Glass adapted from Paul Auster’s novel.

Rosmersholm will have set and costumes by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Stephen Warbeck, sound by Gregory Clarke and casting by Amy Ball CDG.

Image (top): Hayley Atwell. Photo by Faye Thomas.

Image (bottom): Tom Burke. Photo by Alastair Muir.

Tickets: From £15 – tickets available online at

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

Audio Described Performance: June 11.

Captioned Performance: June 18.