PREVIEW: An Enemy of the People@Festival Theatre, Chichester

April 12, 2016

Dr Stockmann has made a shocking scientific discovery about the standards of sanitation at the popular local baths, which he insists must close immediately to rid them of pollution.


But what about the impact on tourism and commerce, and the town’s reputation? His brother, the Mayor, has one drastic response. The local tradespeople and property owners have another. Does the liberal press dare to print the facts Dr Stockmann has uncovered and let the public make up their own minds?

Ibsen’s play is a searing examination of the intricate workings of power and influence, and an investigation into who holds real authority in society.

Hugh Bonneville returns to the stage to play Dr Stockmann. Known to a worldwide TV and film audience for the multi-award-winning Downton Abbey, Twenty Twelve, W1A and Paddington, he last appeared at Chichester in The Handyman (1996). His earlier roles for the National Theatre included the title role in Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple and, for the RSC, Laertes to Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet.

Howard Davies directed the lauded production of For Services Rendered for Festival 2015; he has received numerous Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for his many productions for the RSC, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE will be designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Dominic Muldowney and sound by Mike Walker.

Event: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen in a version by Christopher Hampton

Where: Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP

When: April 22 – May 21

Time: 7.30pm (press night May 4 at 7pm), matinees Thursdays & Saturdays & Wednesday May 11, 2.30pm

Cost: Prices from £10

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