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Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) is the author of A Doll’s House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, Brand and Peer Gynt among many others. Along with Chekhov his plays are revived more often than any other 19th-century writer.

Mike Poulton has a string of successful translations and adaptations to his name, most notably Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool (which won a Tony in New York) Schiller’s Don Carlos—both of which starred Derek Jacobi—and The Canterbury Tales.

Judgement Day
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Judgement Day

A new version of Ibsen’s 'When We Dead Awaken'

Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Mike Poulton
 
Whilst holidaying with his young wife, Rubek encounters his muse: a woman that he loved and left a lifetime ago. What follows is a heartfelt examination of how Rubek has used these two. Over a series of heated encounters, the entire scroll of Rubek’s life is unrolled in Ibsen’s final - and most autobiographical - exploration of what it means to love and to be loved.

This is the last play Ibsen wrote before his death in 1906, and one of his most haunting and breathtaking pieces. A celebration of life and love, When We Dead Awaken is one of Ibsen’s most extraordinary and deeply personal works. Set within a mythical Nordic landscape, Mike Poulton’s version, Judgement Day, offers an explicit and merciless self-portrait of Ibsen as an ageing artist: restless with his art, his homeland, and his married life.



Cast : 4M, 3F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-241-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Rosmersholm
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Rosmersholm

Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Mike Poulton
 
John Rosmer has resigned as parish priest following the death of his wife. But his increasingly liberal ideas make him an object of suspicion to the local worthies, who also disapprove of the presence in his house of a much younger woman, Rebecca West, formerly his wife’s companion. As their relationship deepens, they become more and more isolated leading them to decide that their spiritual union can only be consummated in a mutual suicide pact…
   
Mike Poulton’s previous stage adaptations include the enormously successful Don Carlos with Derek Jacobi and The Canterbury Tales for the RSC.



Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-596-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB