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Love's Comedy

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    This event took place on 14 November - 15 December 2012
    Written by Henrik Ibsen
    In a version by Don Carleton
    Directed by David Antrobus
    Designer Sam Dowson
    Lighting Designer John Harris

    The London Premiere of Ibsen’s bittersweet comedy written in 1862, before his landmark plays rocked the world.

    "David Antrobus's rare and exhilarating revival of this early Ibsen play" Michael Billington, The Guardian

    “Antrobus’s production combines all the elements which go into making first-rate theatre” The Public Reviews

    FOUR STARS  “...much to marvel at in the foresight of a young playwright, yet to make his name...” What’s on Stage

    "the Orange Tree has done it proud" Independent

    "this is a damning portrayal of conventional marriage. But there are plenty of chuckles, too." Time Out

    "Sarah Winter’s Swanhild... a blend of mischief, innocence and independence. Mark Arends is a magnetic Falk" Evening Standard

    A guitar-playing young revolutionary poet struggles with the consequences of falling in love. Students, poets, politicians and pastors meet and mix in the house of Mrs Halm and her daughters, where among the teacups and the music, love and marriage, feminism, heroism and youthful ideals fight for their place in the future.

    Henrik Ibsen is the great Norwegian playwright known of course for A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts and The Master Builder. Love’s Comedy is one of his earliest plays, written before Brand and Peer Gynt.

    David Antrobus has been a regular actor at the Orange Tree over the past 15 years, where his parts have ranged from Malcolm in Macbeth to Cousins in Major Barbara and the recent Reading Hebron, among numerous others. This is his first production as a director.

    Read an interview with David Antrobus about the production in Exeunt Magazine

    Read actress Julia Watson's interview with Time and Leisure magazine

    Running time 2 hours 40 minutes approximately (including interval)

    Production photos by Robert Day

    Post-show discussions


    • Thursday 15 November
    • Thursday 22 November
    • Thursday 29 November
    • Thursday 6 December

    Audio-described performances


    • Saturday 8 December


    • Tuesday 27 November

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