Pillars of the Community archiveMore often referred to as Pillars of Society the play was the first of Ibsen's plays to be produced in this country in 1880. It centres around two old friends and a fifteen-year-old scandal that has driven one to America while the other has become the cornerstone of his community and a successful businessman. When the banished friend returns, the whole town is mortified, and the families threatened with condemnation and ruin. Calamity strikes when Bernick’s business prowess and pristine reputation are threatened by the revelation of a long-buried secret. Desperate to dodge exposure in the kowtowing local community, Bernick devises a pitiless plan which, by a shocking twist of fate, risks the one life he holds dear. The National marks the centenary of Ibsen’s death with a vital new version of this rarely performed thriller, set amid a society struggling against the rush of capitalism, the lure of America and the passionate beginnings of the fight for female emancipation. Running time 2 hrs 50 mins


Damian Lewis (Karsten Bernic), Geraldine Alexander (Betty), Brid Brannan (Marta Bernick), Michelle Dockery (Dina Dorf), Michael Gould (Knap), Annabel Leventon (Mrs Rummel), Lesley Manville (Lona Hessell), Pamela Merrick (Mrs Lynge), Paul Moriarty (Aune), Justin Salinger (Hilmar Tonnesen), Una Stubbs (Mrs Holt), Michael Thomas (Rorlund)


Author: Henrik Ibsen
Producer: National Theatre
Adapted by: Samuel Adamson
Director: Marianne Elliott
Design: Rae Smith
Lighting: Chris Davey
Sound: Ian Dickinson
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Pillars of the Community

Pillars of the Community (Play) production archive for QTIX code T217648001. Details of all Pillars of the Community archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0191997245

Archive Listings

21 Oct 05
4 Feb 06
Lyttelton (National Theatre)
West End
Greater London

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