by Simon Stone adapted from Henrik Ibsen
Peer, the liar, outsider, daredevil and crackpot, will show them all. Show his mother Aase who moans and groans incessantly, and the narrow-minded society who would happily lynch him. Show the Ingrids from whom he wants just one thing, and show the trolls who make him eat cow shit. When the woman in green tries to foist a child on him he clears off – leaving behind his true love Solveig – to show the world how great he is. With his play in verse, Henrik Ibsen set a milestone in European theatre. In his so-called “Northern Faust” he blends satire and grotesque, fairy tale and mythical elements with tragedy. He tells the odyssey of modern man, who – caught up in the conflict of wanting to be more than he actually is but always remaining himself – is condemned to the eternal farce of self-fulfilment. Redemption through love: will he ever be able to find it? Bringing a rewritten version of the 1876 play to the stage, the young Australian director Simon Stone comes to the SchauSpielHaus Hamburg for the first time.
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