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VenueLyttelton (National Theatre)
Other spaces: Lyttelton Loft
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From21st October 2005
Opened1st November 2005
To4th February 2006
WhenOct 21,22,24,25,26,27,28,29,31, Nov 2,3,4,5,21,22,23,24,25,26,28,29, Dec 9,10,12,20,21,22, Jan 5,6,7,13,14,16, Feb 2,3,4 at 19:30. Oct 29, Nov 5,23,26, Dec 10,22, Jan 7,14, Feb 4 Mats 14:15. Nov 1 19:00
PricesFrom £10.00. To £35.00.
What is currently on at Lyttelton (National Theatre) (V374)

Pillars of the Community

Pillars of the CommunityT217648001
More 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.
Author Henrik Ibsen

Archive :: production:T217648001, play:S0191997245, venue:V374

Production details

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

Special Performances

  • 29 Nov 05 Vocaleyes + TouchTour
  • 13 Jan 06 Audio Described
  • 14 Jan 06 Audio Described
  • 4 Feb 06 Vocaleyes + TouchTour


Producer National Theatre
Adapted by Samuel Adamson
Director Marianne Elliott
Design Rae Smith
Lighting Chris Davey
Sound Ian Dickinson
Performer Damian Lewis (Karsten Bernic)
Performer Geraldine Alexander (Betty)
Performer Brid Brannan (Marta Bernick)
Performer Michelle Dockery (Dina Dorf)
Performer Michael Gould (Knap)
Performer Annabel Leventon (Mrs Rummel)
Performer Lesley Manville (Lona Hessell)
Performer Pamela Merrick (Mrs Lynge)
Performer Paul Moriarty (Aune)
Performer Justin Salinger (Hilmar Tonnesen)
Performer Una Stubbs (Mrs Holt)
Performer Michael Thomas (Rorlund)

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