Peer Gynt

Directed by Mark Brickman and John Retallack

Ibsen described the story of Peer Gynt as "wild and shapeless and written with abandon."

It is a tale of the irrepressible Peer who travels the world refusing to face reality every step of the way.

"The Actors Touring Company's reputation for adopting an excitingly inventive approach to classic plays can only be enhanced by this impressive production (by Mark Brickman and John Retallack) of Ibsen's rarely performed masterpiece about the search for self and the redeeming power of love. The four supporting actors, working with only four chairs as props and switching roles with graceful agility, admirably create the varied settings (Norwegian mountains, the Troll kingdom, desert and madhouse in the MIddle East) which are the staging-posts in Peer's journey through life. Chris Barnes, as the prototype existentialist hero, skillfully rings the changes from the wild energy of youth via a smoothly capitalist middle-age to bewilderment and panic in the face of death." Malcolm Hay, Time Out, 1985

"The production was brimming with energy, magic and exuberance and the small, but hugely talented troupe of actors - just five in all - more than amply coped with the very varied range of fascinating and fantastical characters."Lincolnshire Standard, February 22, 1985

Image by Iain Lanyon



  • Rose Theatre (Kidderminster)
  • Plough Theatre (Torrington)
  • - Exmouth Community College (Exmouth)
  • Strode Theatre (Street)
  • New Court Theatre at Christ's College (Cambridge)
  • Library Theatre (Luton)
  • The Caxton Theatre (Grimsby)
  • The Old Court or Sessions House (now Spilsby Theatre) (Spilsby)
  • Louth, Lincolnshire (no venue name) (Louth)
  • The Place (London)
  • Watermans Arts Centre (Brentford)