John Gabriel Borkman has been in voluntary seclusion in an upstairs room since serving a prison sentence for embezzlement. His estranged wife Gunhild, her twin sister Ella, his son Erhart, the divorcee Mrs Wilton and Borkman himself, are all trapped in a suffocating atmosphere of their household. There are only two ways out.
Overnight critics were divided about the success of Grandage’s production; all enjoyed elements of it and compared the piece to a great work of art; but while some praised the cast for convincing portrayal of a tragic family, some felt the production was miscast and too melodramatic.
- by Caroline Ansdell