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Peter Gynt

A co-production with Edinburgh International Festival

by David Hare
after Henrik Ibsen

From 27 June to 8 October
Running Time: tbc

Peter Gynt

An ordinary man. A remarkable journey. 

Peter Gynt has always set his heart on being special, on being a unique individual, on being unlike anyone else. When he steals the bride from a local wedding, he sets off on a lifetime journey which will take him to Florida, to Egypt, to a mountain of trolls, and finally, only when death approaches, back to his home in Scotland. 

In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century. James McArdle takes the title role in this epic story of transformation, following his acclaimed performances in Platonov and Angels in America. He is reunited with David Hare and Jonathan Kent, the partnership behind the triumphant Young Chekhov at Chichester Festival Theatre and the National Theatre.

Time Out on Young Chekhov

Translated with wit and freshness by David Hare and superbly staged by Jonathan Kent.
Financial Times on Young Chekhov


Playing at the Edinburgh International Festival in August


Talks and events

Peer Gynt productions at the NT: 1990, 2000 and 2019 Tue 16 July, 5.30pm
Henrik Ibsen: Maker of Modern Theatre Thu 19 Sep, 2pm
Exploring Peter Gynt Mon 23 Sep, 10.30am
Designing Peter Gynt with Richard Hudson Thu 26 September, 6.30pm
In Conversation: Creating and Performing Peter Gynt Tue 1 Oct, 6.30pm

Public booking for new performances opens on Friday 3 May, 8.30am - Members get access to tickets in advance

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New season booking dates membership with a character from Follies

Peter Gynt I Behind the scenes

We catch up with James McArdle (Angels in America, Young Chekhov) on the set of the Peter Gynt artwork shoot in North London.

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Peter Gynt I Behind the scenes I Photo Gallery

Peter Gynt ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£84, £64, £55, £45, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£88, £68, £59, £49, £34, £18
Ways to save
Previews 27 June - 8 July

*£67, £47 - £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 13 September, 7pm
Sat 14 September, 1pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Mon 16 September, 7pm
Thu 26 September, 1pm
Wed 2 October, 7pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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Smart caption glasses are a revolutionary new way for people with hearing loss to enjoy performances at the National Theatre. For the first time, service users can experience our productions, including this one, from any seat in any theatre.

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People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre