Ibsen’s forensic examination of a marriage as it falls apart, in a version by Richard Eyre.
How is a life well-lived? Alfred Allmers comes home to his wife Rita and makes a decision. Casting aside his writing, he dedicates himself to raising his son. But one event is about to change his life forever.
Little Eyolf was first performed in 1894. This new version, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2015.
The third in a trilogy of revelatory Ibsens, Little Eyolf follows Richard Eyre’s multi-award-winning adaptations of Ghosts (Almeida, West End and BAM, New York), and Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End).
‘As quick, clean and shocking as a naked plunge into a winter fjord… a play awash with desire, reproach and grief’
— Sunday Times
‘An evening of shocking intensity… vividly captures what Henry James called “the hard compulsion” of Ibsen’s terrifying masterpiece’
‘Eyre [is] the country’s foremost illuminator of [Ibsen]… [he] reveals the play as a masterly study of how unhappiness corrodes us… an extraordinary stew of violent misery’
‘Naturalism intermingles with expressionism, and slips, subtly, into something poetic and profoundly existential’
‘Laden with atmosphere… feels astonishingly contemporary’
— Evening Standard