St John's Night by Henrik Ibsen at Jermyn Street Theatre
St John's Night, by Henrik Ibsen, translated by James McFarlane, at the Jermyn Street Theatre, an Off West End venue in Piccadilly, central London from 10 July to 4 Aug 2012.
Cast includes Sara Crowe, Louise Calf , Isla Carter.
Directed by Anthony Biggs, designed by James Perkins, lighting by Richard Howell.
A tale of mischievous goblins, mismatched lovers and secret inheritances; loosely based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Exploring themes of cultural inheritance, nationalism and the supernatural.
"Bitingly satirical, when it was first performed St John’s Night held an unflattering mirror up to the faces of Ibsen’s countrymen and was received by critics with offended scorn. The writer’s own reaction to the response was to turn his back on the work and it is unique amongst Ibsen plays in being the only one which he refused to be published during his lifetime. The play remained out of his collected works for years after his death, which goes far to explain why it has not been performed since and has never been seen in the UK before now."