Matt Smith to return to the West End in 'An Enemy of the People'

Doctor Who star Matt Smith will lead Thomas Ostermeier’s bold reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, with performances from 6 February 2024.

Kate Riley
Kate Riley

Matt Smith, known for his roles in Doctor Who, House of the Dragon, and The Crown will return to the London stage in an English-language adaptation of Thomas Ostermeier's production of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

“Thomas Ostermeier pushes the form and boundaries of theatre; I have been a fan for quite some time. Seeing his Richard III with Lars Erdinger was electric. When I heard he was interested in coming to the British stage for the first time, with Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People I was delighted to say the least." Matt Smith said in a statement. "It is an honour to be able to work with him on this great play and become part of this unique project. We’re beginning an exciting casting process, and I very much look forward to returning to The Duke of York’s Theatre early next year.”

Thomas Ostermeier added in a statement, “As we face the immediate impact of climate change and global warming, and our seeming incapacity to change these burning threats, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People is unfortunately more relevant than ever. This is an urgent reason to create an English version of the production for London, and I look forward to collaborating with Matt Smith, an actor whose body of work I greatly admire.”

Ibsen's thought-provoking play follows Dr Stockmann as he exposes a water contamination issue in a small town and the challenges of pursuing the truth.

An Enemy of the People will run at the Duke of York's Theatre from 6 February to 6 April 2024, with an opening night on 20 February. Further casting is to be announced.

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Photo Credit: Matt Smith. (Photo courtesy of production)

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