Little Eyolf


Little Eyolf

19 Nov 2015 - 09 Jan 2016

£10.00 - £38.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

3.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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. 

Ibsen's forensic examination of a marriage as it explosively falls apart is the third in a trilogy of revelatory Ibsens, following Richard Eyre's multi-award winning Ghosts and Hedda Gabler.

Adapted by Richard Eyre from a literal translation by Karin and Anne Bamborough


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“A shattering play... Eyre brings deep sorrowing intelligence to bear... Eighty fine-balanced, emotionally gripping minutes. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“An intensity that leaves you trembling... Eyre directs and adapts with a quietly shattering insight into its terrifying depths. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Bracing... finely wrought... laden with atmosphere... Leonard’s strong performance makes Rita’s desperation almost tangible. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Unsparing portrait of a couple’s guilt and grief... Shocking intensity... Leonard brilliantly charts the character’s dynamism. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“The impact is decisive. Eyre reveals the play as a masterly study of how unhappiness corrodes us... Leonard is first-rate. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Eyre’s lucid and exemplary production draws excellent performances from the central quartet. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Leonard contends magnificently with a part that requires her to unburden the ugliest thoughts while retaining our sympathy. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Hit and miss... Despite a brilliant lead in Lydia Leonard’s Rita, it ultimately feels rather disjointed and unconvincing. ”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Coy is perhaps too gentle an actor... but Leonard burns with sexual and emotional fury... Nordic angst in lovely costumes. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“An elegant if traditional take on Ibsen’s rather dour play... it’s rarely a production that thrills. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“For a play that should rankle with recriminations and regret, it drifts, instead, into soft-focus... Too unfeeling. ”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Fine... Leonard is great... But it’s all a bit flat... Next to Rachel Cusk’s ‘Medea’ [it] feels mannered and stiff. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

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