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The best theatre in July 2019—Peter Gynt and Noises Off

Plus Vienna 1934-Munich 1938, A Family Album at Theatre Royal, Bath

By Michael Coveney   July 2019
Peter Gynt at the National Theatre

Peter Gynt at the National Theatre

Peter Gynt, National Theatre, 27th June to 8th October

David Hare follows Ibsen’s five-act structure but transposes the Norwegian fjords and valleys to a riotous Scottish peninsula, with a middle section in Florida. There’s no sign of Greig’s much-loved incidental music, which Ibsen commissioned, but there are new songs set by Paul Englishby. It is fascinating to see how Hare and director Jonathan Kent re-imagine this landmark of European theatre, having combined so memorably on their Young Chekhov trilogy.…

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