Full casting confirmed for John Gabriel Borkman

Full casting confirmed for John Gabriel Borkman

Full cast has been announced for John Gabriel Borkman, by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by David Eldridge, which opens at Donmar Warehouse, 20 Feb 2007, following previews from 15 Feb - running to 14 April 2007.

Joining previously mentioned Ian McDiarmid (John Gabriel Borkman) and Penelope Wilton (Ella Rentheim), are Deborah Findlay (Gunhild Borkman), Emma Beattie (Malene), David Burke (Vilhelm Foldal), Lolita Chakrabarti (Fanny Wilton), Lisa Diveney (Frida Foldhal), Rafe Spall (Erhart Borkman)

It is directed by Michael Grandage, designed by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Adam Cork.

Disgraced and destitute following a fraud scandal and imprisonment, John Gabriel Borkman paces alone in an upstairs room. Downstairs his family are trapped in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a household bound for explosion. A scorching indictment of 19th century capitalism, Ibsen’s penultimate play paints a devastating picture of selfish ambition.

Deborah Findlay theatre credits include The Vortex and The Cut for the Donmar Warehouse. Other theatre includes The House of Bernada Alba, The Mandate, Mother Clap’s Molly House, The Winter’s Tale and Stanley (all National Theatre). For television, This Life – 10 Years On, AKA Divorce, The Family Man, Black Books, Wives and Daughters and Messiah; and for film, Vanity Fair, The End of the Affair and Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Emma Beattie theatre work includes The Cut for the Donmar and Hysteria (national tour).

David Burke's recent theatre credits include Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse at the Apollo), Further than the Furthest Thing (Tricycle Theatre) and Richard II & Coriolanus (Almeida at Gainsborough Studios). For television, his credits include A View From the Hill, Spooks, If… We left Africa Alone, Charles I, God’s Architects and Bertie and Elizabeth; and for film, Mesmer.

Lolita Chakrabarti theatre credits include The Waiting Room (National Theatre). For television, her work includes Forgive, Bodies, The Last Detective and Silent Witness; and for film, Venus.

Lisa Diveney theatre credits include Cleansed and Gompers (Arcola). Her television work includes The Green Green Grass, The Story of Tracy Beaker, Broken News, After Life and Shining Lights – Flaming Youth.

Rafe Spall theatre work includes The Knight of the Burning Pestle (RSC), Just a Bloke (Royal Court), A Prayer for Owen Meany (National Theatre) and Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Hammersmith). For television, his work includes Wide Sargasso Sea, The Chatterley Affair, Cracker and The Rotters’ Club; and for film, Hot Fuzz, A Good Year, The Last Drop, Kidulthood, Shaun of the Dead and The Calcium Kid.

Penelope Wilton's London stage credits include "House of Bernarda Alba" at the National in 2005; "Afterplay" at the Gielgud in 2002; "Little Foxes" at the Donmar Warehouse in 2001; "The Seagull" at the Barbican in 2000; "Cherry Orchard" at the Albery 1996; "Landscape" at the National in 1994.

Ian McDiarmid London stage credits include the title role in Pirandello’s Henry IV for the Donmar, and Barabas in The Jew of Malta and Sir Colenso Ridgeon in The Doctor’s Dilemma, both for the Almeida. As well as extensive work at the Almeida where he was also Joint Artistic Director, McDiarmid’s other credits include performances at the RSC and the Royal Exchange, Manchester. McDiarmid’s most recent stage role was Teddy in Faith Healer on Broadway, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. Television work includes Our Hidden Lives, Elizabeth I, Charles II, Crime and Punishment, Great Expectations, Hillsborough and Karaoke; and his many films include Sleepy Hollow, Restoration, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the Star Wars series.

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