In 2016, writer David Hare and director Jonathan Kent teamed up to adapt the National’s Young Chekhov season together, which was a great success. They’re teaming up again on a new version of Ibsen’s tricky play Peter Gynt – which they’ve described as a ‘riotous musical adventure reinvented for the 21st century.’ At 3 ½ hours, they certainly haven’t reinvented its length. But we’re intrigued to see where they take it. And with the brilliant James McArdle as the lead it could be really great.
Peter Gynt is searching for something: himself. Traveling from the mountains of Scotland to the pool-sides of Florida, he’ll meet talking hyenas, two-headed trolls and even an Egyptian Sphinx. But his ultimate transformation may not be all that he hoped for… Playing the rebellious antihero, James McArdle (Angels In America) is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre. This outrageous modern myth is designed by the Tony award-winning Richard Hudson (The Lion King), with an original score from Paul Englishby (BBC's Luther and Dr Foster) and movement direction from Polly Bennett (Bohemian Rhapsody).