Saturday, 30 January 2016

Theater Basel | John Gabriel Borkman

The play John Gabriel Borkman (based on Ibsens book) plays at the Theater Basel now as an adaption by Simon Stone.
John Gabriel Borkman won three Nestroy prices in 2015 for best direction (Simon Stone), best actor (Martin Wuttke as John Gabriel Borkman) and best supporting role (Roland Koch as Wilhelm Foldal).
Simon Stone also produced Engel in Amerika (Angels in America) at the Theater Basel, a play that absolutely fascinated us.

John Gabriel Borkman is a banker, who was in prison for 5 years for misappropriating the money at the bank he worked. When he is free again he refuses to leave the house and spends another 8 years completely isolated on the first floor of the house.
His wife doesn't talk to him anymore and his son only visits him from time to time.
When the twin sister of the wife gets terminally ill, she comes for a visit and tries to solve the family-problems.
When the play begins the stage is covered with artificial snow and it snows during the whole play, which slowly transforms the stage by covering everything more and more with snow. It is incredible how real the snow seems to be and after a while we forgot that we are inside.
The actors played absolutely brilliant, it was a very entertaining and at the same time thought provoking evening, addressing many issues like family, justice, love and dreams and aims in life and for us it was a fantastic play.


Martin Wuttke as JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN
Birgit Minichmayr as GUNHILD BORKMAN, HIS WIFE
Max Rothbart as ERHART BORKMAN, THEIR SON
Caroline Peters as ELLA RENTHEIM, GUNHILDS TWIN SISTER
Nicola Kirsch as FANNY WILTON
Roland Koch as WILHELM FOLDAL
Liliane Amuat as FRIDA FOLDAL, HIS DAUGHTER


production: Simon Stone
stage: Katrin Brack
costume: Tabea Braun
music: Bernhard Moshammer
light: Friedrich Rom
dramatic composition: Klaus Missbach

picture © Theater Basel

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