In An Enemy of the People, it’s boom town in a spa town, where visitor numbers are higher than ever and the pay-off is huge. In Evans’ revival, Antony Sher stars as Dr Tomas Stockmann, who knows the toxic secret underlying the town’s newfound wealth. If he’s concerned for the health of the people, how can he be their enemy?
The cast also features John Shrapnel, Lucy Cohu, Susannah Fielding, Trystan Gravelle, Phillip Joseph, Chook Sibtain and a company of community players. The production is designed by Ben Stones, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham. It continues until 20 March 2010.
National critics were impressed by Evans’ debut as artistic director with this, his first large-scale staging. They praised his “striking”, “fascinating”, “sparky”, “timely” and “high definition” production as “a belter of a revival”. In the central role, Antony Sher’s Stockmann was described as “delightfully idiosyncratic”, “mercurial” and “excellent”, with strong support noted, particularly from John Shrapnel. With this offering, said one critic, “the new regime at Sheffield has got off to a superb start”.