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 itSunday Times
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).