Last season, several productions of Ibsen's A Doll's House flourished to great acclaim on various international stages. This season, another Henrik Ibsen's classic, An Enemy of The People might follow the same path. Enemy was seen earlier this season as Sir Ian McKellen's vehicle at the Royal National Theatre under the direction of Trevor Nunn. A Brazilian production of this play was also very well received in both Rio and Sao Paulo. Now, French audiences can also enjoy this story of the doctor who wants to reveal that the water supply of his town is polluted, which would defintely endanger the tourism business. An Enemy of The People is currently running at the Theatre National de la Colline until June 6.
Directing this production is Swiss director Claude Stratz. Stratz has run the Comedie de Geneve since 1988 and has been the assistant of world famous French theatre and film director Patrice Chereau for seven years.
Jean-Louis Hourdin plays the Enemy, a doctor who wants to reveal publicly that the water supply of his town is polluted. In his fight for truth, he is supported by his wife (Caroline Gasser) and his daughter (Ania Temler) while his brother (Michel Kullmann) would rather hide the truth in order to keep their tourist town prosperous.
Audiences at the Theatre National de la Colline should definitely go out into the lobby at the intermission since the beginning of Act II sees the doctor running out to the theatre-goers and addressing to them as if they were the inhabitants of his city. However, those who remain in their seats will be able to follow the action, broadcasted live on a big screen hiding the stage.
For tickets and information on Un Ennemi Du Peuple at the Theatre National de la Colline, call 331 44 62 52 52. Runs until June 6. -- By Stephane Ly-Cuong