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Monday, October 10, 2022

John Gabriel Borkman @ Bridge Theatre…

Last Friday night Stuart and I went to see Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre in London’s London Bridge Quarter. 
Borkman is a bankrupt banker. He’s spent 5 years in prison and a further 8 years cooping himself away in an isolated house. His wife hasn’t forgiven him. It’s an uneasy truce. But when his sister-in-law arrives, old feuds resurface.  
Starring Simon Russell Beale as the eponymous Borkman, Claire Higgins as his wife, and Lia Williams as his sister-in-law the play is terrifically well acted but just rather unsympathetic. 
Post-banking crisis of 2008 and Leyman Brothers (Beale again) we don’t really care too much about bitter, old bankers. And when Ibsen makes him a self-centred misogynist we care even less. 

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