Directed by Dimitris Lignadis, a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece “Peer Gynt”, in a new translation by Giorgos Depastas, and featuring the director in the titular role, premieres at the National Theatre of Greece on Thursday, November 23, bringing to the stage a fine balance between reality and imagination.
Ibsen’s dramatic poem, written in 1867 during his stay in Italy, is inspired by and awash with elements from Norwegian folk tales (Peer Gynt himself is a hero of such a folk tale).
Peer Gynt fights dreams and temptations, insisting stubbornly, like a child, on living his life “as his own master”, only to realize that, throughout his life, he always pretended to be someone he wasn’t.
Following the painful realization of his wandering’s futility, he finds comfort in the arms of the ideal partner, a woman who loved him for who he was, and who waited for him till the end.
Ibsen had intended for this dramatic poem to be read, and not produced for the stage, but eventually he gave in to the pressure to adapt it for the theater (ten years after its release) –thus this work was acknowledged to be a masterpiece of Scandinavian literature.
Translation: Giorgos Depastas
Director: Dimitris Lignadis
Dramaturg: Eleni Gini
Set & costume design: Apollon Papatheocharis
Music: Giannis Christodoulopoulos
Light design: Sakis Birbilis
The cast includes Michalis Afolayan, Stefania Goulioti, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Dimitris Lignadis, Dimitris Mothonaios, Nancy Boukli, Zoe Mylona, Panos Papadopoulos, Katerina Patsiani, Vangelis Romios, Gioulika Skafida, Spiros Tsekouras, Yannis Tsoumarakis, Giorgis Tsouris
Where: National Theatre, Main Stage
When: Wednesday-Sunday, 8 pm
Admission: € 10-22
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the performance is accompanied by English surtitles.