Peter Gynt

In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen's most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century.
Peter Gynt at the National Theatre

Original photography by Marko Zupan


Genre: Drama
Venue: National Theatre
Started: Thursday 27 June 2019
Closed: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available


Playing at Edinburgh International Festival in August.


Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else.

When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland. 

In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen's most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century.

James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation, following his acclaimed performances in Platonov and Angels in America.

He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.


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Previews from:Thursday 27 June 2019

Press night:Tuesday 9 July 2019

Closes:Tuesday 8 October 2019

Performance days & times

Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Various - check schedule for details.


From £25

Access information

Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:

Fri 13 September, 7pm

Sat 14 September, 1pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:

Mon 16 September, 7pm

Thu 26 September, 1pm

Wed 2 October, 7pm


Philip Cairns

Tamsin Carroll

Anya Chalotra

Jonathan Coy

Caroline Deyga

Tia Dutt

Lauren Ellis-Steele

Oliver Ford Davies

Andrew Fraser

Guy Henry

Dani Heron

Ryan Hunter

Isabelle Joss

Ezra Faroque Khan

Rehanna MacDonald

Lorne MacFadyen

Marc Mackinnon

James McArdle

Adam McNamara

Martin Quinn

Ann Louise Ross

Nabil Shaban

Jatinder Singh Randhawa

Sonnyboy Skelton

Hannah Visocchi


Author: David Hare after Henrik Ibsen
Director: Jonathan Kent
Designer: Richard Hudson
Lighting: Mark Henderson
Sound: Christopher Shutt
Movement: Polly Bennett
Production: National Theatre in a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival

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