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The play was written in 1867

Peer Gynt

Author: Henrik Ibsen

Productions

Edinburgh, 1909
Rehearsal Theatre, 1911
Little Theatre, unknown dates
The Old Vic, 1922
O.U.D.S, 1925
Gate Theatre, 1932
The Old Vic, 1935
New Theatre, 1944
The Old Vic, 1962
Swan Theatre, 1994, RSC
National Theatre, 2000

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Edinburgh
1908 (first GB production)
Isabelle Pagan and the Edinburgh Lodge of the Theosophical Society.

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Rehearsal Theatre, Maiden Lane
1911 (two performances, first English production)
Producer: Catherine Lewis of the Ibsen Club

CharacterPlayed By
Peer GyntPax Robertson (Catherine Lewis' daughter)
Troll KingRobert Atkins (2nd performance only)

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Little Theatre in the Adelphi
Producer: Isabelle Pagan
Included several of the Edinburgh cast members.

CharacterPlayed By
PeerMaurice Elvey

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The Old Vic
1922
Director: Robert Atkins.

CharacterPlayed By
PeerRussell Thorndike
AaseFlorence Buckton
Troll KingAndrew Leigh
Button MoulderRupert Harvey
UnknownFrancis L. Sullivan
UnknownHay Petrie
UnknownHilton Edwards
unpaid walk-onJohn Gielgud (credited as "Mr. Giulgud", first professional appearance)

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O.U.D.S.
1925
Director: Reginald Denham

CharacterPlayed By
PeerRobert Speaight
AaseClare Greet
SolveigJoan Maude
Strange PassengerGyles Isham
Button MoulderHarman Grisewood

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Gate Theatre
1932
Producer: Peter Godfrey. Two-hour version.

CharacterPlayed By
PeerPeter Godfrey

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The Old Vic
1935
Director: Henry Cass
Production also repeated at Sadler's Wells in 1936 for ten performances (4 of them full length for the first time in the country, ran 5.30-11 with an hour's dinner interval)

CharacterPlayed By
PeerWilliam Devlin
AaseFlorence Kahn
Old Man of the DovreKeneth Kent
SolveigVivienne Bennett
Mr. Cotton/PreacherCecil Trouncer
AslakAlec Clunes
Boyg/Strange PassengerLeo Genn
Button MoulderIon Swinley

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New Theatre
1944
The Old Vic company. Producer: Tyrone Guthrie.
Music: Greig. Translation: Norman Ginsbury.
Settings and Costumes: Reece Pemberton. Orchestra Leader: Louis Stevens.
Conductor: Herbert Menges. Assistant Conductor: Norman Feasey.
Grouping and Movement: Robert Helpmann.

CharacterPlayed By
Peer GyntRalph Richardson
AaseSybil Thorndike
SolveigJoyce Redman
Troll KingNicholas Hannen
Woman In Green/Green Clad OneMargaret Leighton
A Moulder of ButtonsLaurence Olivier
1st Old WomanNancy Nevinson
2nd Old WomanVida Hope
AslakHumphrey Heathcote
Ingrid's FatherCharles Leno
Mads MoenMichael Warre
Mads Moen's FatherMichael Raghan
Mads Moen's MotherVida Hope
Solveig's FatherGeorge Relph
HelgaBay White
Troll CourtierMorris Sweden
KariNancy Nevinson
Child of the Woman in GreenMaurice Nicholas
CottonSydney Tafler
BallonMorris Sweden
Von EberkopfNicholas Hannen
ThiefMatin Lawrence
ReceiverAndre Orkin
AnitraVida Hope
BegriffenfeldtHarcourt Williams
ApisWeyman Mackay
HusseinNicholas Hannen
CaptainCharles Leno
Strange PassengerGeorge Relph
Wedding Guests, Trolls, LunaticsViola Johnstone, Diana Maddox, Nancy Nevinson, Bay White, Pauline Wynn, Peter Burton, Adrian Campbell, Humphrey Heathcote, Michael Hitchman, Peter Howell, Tony Keary, Weyman Mackay, Maurice Nicholas, Michael Raghan, Sydney Tafler, Morris Sweden, Michael Warre
SingersEthel Giles, Francis Limbrey, Nancye Mitchell, June Reis, Martin Lawrence, Andre Orkin, Walter Outhwait, Gilbert Robinson, George Rose, Jestine Edwards
SoloistRose Morris

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The Old Vic
First performance: 26th September 1962
Translation: Michael Meyer. Director: Michael Elliott.
Sets and Costume design: Richard Negri. Music: George Hall.
Lighting desing: Richard Pilbrow, Movement: Litz Pisk.
Sound effects: David Collison (Theatre Projects). Orchestra director: Leonard Morris.

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CharacterPlayed By
Peer Gynt/The BoygLeo McKern
AaseCatherine Lacey
1st Woman/KariIda Goldapple
2nd WomanBrenda McGuinne
BridegroomTrevor Peacock
Groom's MotherStella Lewis
Groom's Father/Master Cotton/
Cook
Anthony Morton
AslakBrian Coburn
SolveigDilys Hamlett
Solveig's Father/Fellah/
Priest
Fulton Mackay
HelgaJune Dartnall
Ingrid/The Green-Clad One/
Anitra
Anna Middleton
Farmer at Heggstad/Old Man of the Mountains/
Herr von Eberkopf
Esmond Knight
1st Peasant GirlIrene Hamilton
2nd Peasant GirlFiona Walker
3rd Peasant GirlJudi Bloom
Oldest Troll/Hussein/
Parish Officer
Russell Hunter
Ugly ChildFrancis Attard
Monsieur Ballon/Strange PassengerVernon Dobtcheff
TrumpeterstraaleJames Maxwell
OverseerJeffrey Wickham
ThiefEndre Muller
ReceiverPatrick Kavanagh
BegriffenfeldtJames Maxwell
Huhu/BoatswainJames Kerry
CaptainEric Thompson
SteersmanEric Flynn
AuctioneerRobert Hewitt
Thin PersonMichael Wells
Button MoulderWilfrid Lawson

Wedding Guests, Trolls, Slaves, Madmen, Deckhands, Mourners, Church-goers: Judi Bloom, June Dartnell, Ida Goldapple, Irene Hamilton, Camilla Hasse, Stella Lewis, Brenda McGuinne, Phillada Sewell, Fiona Walker, Rosalind Whitman, Francis Attard, Peter Brookes, Roger Clissold, Brian Coburn, Vernon Dobtcheff, Eric Flynn, RObert Hewitt, Ian Hughes, Russell Hunter, Patrick Kavanagh, James Kerry, Fletcher Lightfoor, James Maxwell, Anthony Morton, Endre Muller, Trevor Peacock, Eric Thompson, Barry Usher, Michael Wells, Jeffrey Wickham.

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Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
First performance: 27th April 1994
Director: John Barton. Designer: Louise Belson.
Music Arranger: Per Christian Revholt. Lighting Designer: Robert Bryan.
Music Director: Michael Tubbs. Sound: Tim Oliver.
Assistant Director: Danny Carrick.

CharacterPlayed By
Peer GyntAlex Jennings
Aase/SolveigHaydn Gwynne
Solveig's Father/Button-MoulderAlfred Burke
Begriffenfeldt/Strange PassengerColin George
Aslak/Troll KingDavid Killick
Mads Moen/Boyg
Understudy Peer Gynt
Kenn Sabberton
Chorus
Helga/Cook
Understudy Ingrid/Anitra
Catherine Kanter
Anitra/Huhu
Understudy Balls of Yarn
Thusitha Jayasundera
Mme Ballon/Voices on the Moor
Understudy Woman/Huhu
Claire Marchionne
Green Woman/Buster
Understudy Herd Girls/Mme Ballon
Tanya Moodie
Ingrid/Priest's Neighbour
Understudy Helga/Fellah
Olivia Williams
Understudy Ingrid's Father/Troll/Eberkopf/Begriffenfeldt/Arab Attendant/Thin Man/Strange Passenger/Aslak/ Troll King/Cotton/Doctor/CaptainAlan Faulkner
Understudy Solveig/AaseSamantha Robson
Understudy Mads Moen/Troll/Boyg/Trumpeter/Arab Attendant/Memnon/Hussein/Watch/Button-Moulder/Priest/Solveig's FatherRoy Ward
Musicians
Clarinet/saxophone/penny whistleEdward Watson
TrumpetRobert Pritchard
ViolinJeremy Ballard
KeyboardsMichael Tubbs

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National Theatre - Olivier Theatre
Opening: 13th November 2000
NT Ensemble. Version: Frank McGuinness. Director: Conall Morrison.
Set Designer: Francis O'Connor. Costume Designer: Joan O'Cleary.
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable. Music: Conor Linehan.
Director of Movement: Malcolm Shields. Sound Designer: Paul Groothuis.
Company Voice Work: Patsy Rodenburg.

CharacterPlayed By
ÅseSorcha Cusack
Peer GyntChiwetel Ejiofor
KariAnnie Farr
Aslak, the blacksmithAndy Williams
BridegroomAnthony Taylor
Solveig's Father/CaptainJohn O'Toole
Bridegroom's MotherMarcella Riordan
SolveigOlwen Fouéré
IngridMelanie MacHugh
HelgaValerie Spelman
Mountain GirlsCiara Adams
Mountain GirlsBrigid Duffy
Mountain GirlsVivianna Verveen
Green WomanSusan Aderin
Troll KingLloyd Hutchinson
Voice of the Great BoygJason Rose
BratAdrian Sarple
Peer GyntPatrick O'Kane
Trumpeterstrale/FellahRuairi Conaghan
Cotton/PriestBenny Young
BallonStephen Hogan
Von Eberkopf/Strange TravellerPaul Hickey
AnitraAmanda Symonds
BegriffenfeldtStephen Hogan
HuhuAnthony Renshaw
HussainJeff Diamond
Peer GyntJoseph Marcell
LookoutVictor Power
Ship's MateCraig Conway
BosunChristopher John Hall
CookKolade Agboke
SeamanAdam Jones
The Button MoulderROnald Pickup
Thin ManJohn Rogan
Musicians
Music Director/keyboardsSteven Edis
ViolinSteve Bentley-Klein
Traditional plucked instrumentsRobin Jeffrey
Tabla/percusionSirish Manji
Flute/saxophoneKeith Thompson
Uillean pipes/whistlesRobert White

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Information on earliest productions taken from Michael Meyer's notes in The Old Vic 1962 programme.