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Hugh Bonneville

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen
In a version by Christopher Hampton

Festival Theatre


​Hugh Bonneville is on superlative form as the campaigning Dr Stockmann in this exhilarating version of the Ibsen classic. Christopher Hampton’s cunningly updated version, reminds us again that, for all his coldness and haughtiness, Ibsen is still one of the greats. Don’t miss it​

Sunday Times
The Guardian
Daily Mail

Brilliant Dr Stockmann, Chief Medical Officer of the Baths, has made a shocking scientific discovery about the standards of sanitation at the popular local spa. Luckily technology has a ready solution: the polluted baths must close immediately, so cleansing and rebuilding work can be carried out. But not everyone sees things quite so simply. What about the impact of closure on tourism, property and commerce? What about the town’s wider image and reputation?

Dr Stockmann’s brother, the Mayor, has one drastic response. The local tradespeople and property owners have another. Now it is up to the liberal press. Dare they print the facts Dr Stockmann has uncovered, and let the public make up their own minds?

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

Director Howard Davies returns to Chichester following his highly acclaimed production of For Services Rendered (2015). His other recent productions include Hapgood (Hampstead Theatre) and Temple (Donmar Warehouse).

Hugh Bonneville makes a welcome return to the stage to play Dr Stockmann. His many acclaimed television and film appearances include Downton Abbey, W1A and Paddington. He last appeared at Chichester in The Handyman (1996).

Cast & Creatives


Hugh Bonneville

Dr Stockmann

Trevor Cooper

Morten Kiil

Jim Creighton

Captain Horster

Abigail Cruttenden

Mrs Stockmann

Jonathan Cullen


Michael Fox


William Gaminara

Peter Stockmann

Kieran Gough


Alistair Hoyle


Paul Jacobs

Mr Vik

Adam James


Alice Orr-Ewing

Petra Stockmann

Richard Pryal

Mr Pettersen

Alfie Scott


Jack Taylor


Creative Team

Christopher Hampton


Howard Davies


Tim Hatley


Mark Henderson

Lighting Designer

Dominic Muldowney


Mike Walker

Sound Designer

Toby Whale

Casting Director


Running Time
2 hours and 30 mins including an interval