An Enemy of the People

Arts & Culture

Date: Friday, 11 May to Saturday, 12 May

Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Venue: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

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Celebrated German director Thomas Ostermeier takes on Ibsen’s 19th century play in a riotous stage production.

Bringing his signature aesthetic and gritty realism to a Southeast Asia stage for the first time, the internationally renowned theatre director gives a modern update to Henrik Ibsen’s still topical story of one man’s crusade to tell the truth at all costs. In between a rock band rehearsal, hipster costumes, riffs from David Bowie, and an electrifying climax where the audience is called upon to participate in rowdy debate, the remarkable production boldly tackles very contemporary dilemmas that seem to have added resonance six years on.

Adapted from Ibsen’s original play by playwright Florian Borchmeyer, An Enemy of the People follows the messianic journey of a Dr Stockmann who discovers that the drinking water in his spa town is contaminated by industrial waste, and the persecution he faces when his exposé becomes inconvenient to the tourism the town depends on.

Since its debut in Berlin in 2012, An Enemy of the People played to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike in Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Melbourne and Seoul, just to name a few cities. There is no reason why audiences in Southeast Asia will be an exception. 

(Photos by Arno Declair)
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11 & 12 May
Fri & Sat, 8pm
2h 30m, no intermission

$35*, $60*, $80
*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
Limited student tickets at $10