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Theatre

A show for politicians: John Gabriel Borkman, at the Bridge Theatre, reviewed

8 October 2022

9:00 AM

8 October 2022

9:00 AM

John Gabriel Borkman

Bridge Theatre, until 26 November

The Crucible

Olivier Theatre, until 5 November

Clunk, clunk, clunk. John Gabriel Borkman opens with the obsessive footfalls of a disgraced banker as he prowls the attic of a shabby townhouse. On a beaten-up sofa lies Gunhild, his estranged wife, who guzzles Coke and watches TV game shows. The whole place stinks of stagnation and failure. The reclusive Borkman was once the country’s best-known banker until envious colleagues accused him of embezzlement and got him sent to jail for five years.

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