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Peer Gynt


  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Henrik Ibsen 

  • Author Notes

    A new version of the original play by Henrik Ibsen from a literal translation by Anne Bamborough.

  • Setting

    Parts One and three - Norway. Part Two - Morocco, The Desert, Egypt.

  • Synopsis

    Peer Gynt is a young man who has great potential as an artist but who is constantly at war with his physical desires. Despite his quest for absolute purity he repeatedly falls for the fleshy temptations of compromise, as he swaggers and seduces his way from the fjords of Norway to the deserts of Africa and back. Along the way, he has a number of trials and adventures. He meets a young woman and they fall in love; he helps a bride escape from her wedding; he considers joining the Trolls; he becomes a successful businessman, loses it all, pretends to be an Arab prophet, and winds up in a lunatic asylum. Finally, he returns home to confront a creature called the Shadow, who has always been watching him and trying to teach him what it is to be human. It is the Shadow who forces Peer to consider returning to the woman he fell in love with so much earlier in the story, and pursue a career as an artist.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. In the original production three different actors played Peer Gynt and all cast members played additional minor roles. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
Upland girl Noelle Brown (1)
Harpies Noelle Brown (1)
Monkey Noelle Brown (1)
Groom's father David Heap
Hussein David Heap
Trumpeterstrale David Heap
Thin Man David Heap
Peer Gynt Garrett Keogh
Sheriff Garrett Keogh
Upland girl Lynn Cahill
Harpies Lynn Cahill
Monkey Lynn Cahill
Solveig Olwen Fouéré
Anitra Olwen Fouéré
Bride's father Alan Stanford
Troll King Alan Stanford
Begriffenfeldt Alan Stanford
Helga Michèle Forbes
Old Monkey Michèle Forbes
Shooting Star Michèle Forbes
Mads Moen Mark O'Regan
Huhu Mark O'Regan
Upland girl Hilary Fannin
Harpies Hilary Fannin
Village Woman Hilary Fannin
Monkey Hilary Fannin
Peer Gynt Joe Dowling
Peer Gynt Barry Lynch
Youth Barry Lynch
Brat Jonathan Sharpe
First Guard Jonathan Sharpe
Second Horseman Jonathan Sharpe
Cook Jonathan Sharpe
Pig Tony Coleman
Reindeer Man Tony Coleman
Third Horseman Tony Coleman
Shafmann Tony Coleman
Bosun Tony Coleman
Ase Doreen Hepburn
Kari Kate Flynn
Buttonmoulder Kate Flynn
Old Troll Anthony Newfield
Master of Ceremonies Anthony Newfield
Cotton Anthony Newfield
Captain Anthony Newfield
Auctioneer Anthony Newfield
Aslak Jonathan Ryan
Ballon Jonathan Ryan
Mourner Liz Davis
Two-headed Troll Liz Davis
Groom's Mother Liz Davis
Priest Scott Fredericks
Solveig's father Scott Fredericks
Von Eberkopf Scott Fredericks
Solveig's Mother Joan Brosnan Walsh
Two-headed Troll Joan Brosnan Walsh
Widow Joan Brosnan Walsh
Ingrid Gabrielle Reidy
Green Woman Gabrielle Reidy
Strange Traveller Gabrielle Reidy
Boy Peter Holmes
Receiver Peter Holmes
Third Guard Peter Holmes
Look Out Peter Holmes
Thief Duncan Hamilton
Second Guard Duncan Hamilton
Ship's Mate Duncan Hamilton
Fellah Dermod Moore
First Horseman Dermod Moore
Able Seaman Dermod Moore
Production Team  
Director Patrick Mason
Designer Joe Vanek
Lighting Designer Mick Hughes
Costume Assistant Joan O'Clery
Music by Shaun Davey
Musician Sean Keane
Musician Fergus O'Carroll
Production Manager Trevor Dawson
Stage Director Lita O'Connell
Assistant Stage Manager Catherine Walsh (1)
Assistant Stage Manager George Heslin
Assistant Stage Manager Susan Church
Set Construction Arena Construction
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Scenic Artist Jack Kirwan
Wardrobe Mistress Alicia Hanney
Dresser Malva McCabe
Costume Construction The Costume Shop
Chief Electrician Sean Burke
Prop Maker Gabby Dowling
Assistant Prop Maker Charles Jacobs
Recording engineered by Brian Masterson
Assistant Prop Maker Bairbre Murray
Company Director Michael Colgan (1)
Company Deputy Director Marie Rooney
Company Deputy Director Anne Clarke



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

  • Email


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.