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Slovene National Theatre Maribor

Henrik Ibsen

John Gabriel Borkman

Director: Mateja Koležnik
Premiere: 10 May 2013, Old Hall

Ibsen’s drama on a destructive power of greed John Gabriel Borkman (1896) speaks about a brutal capitalist cupidity destroying everything it touches, even the noblest intimate emotions.

John Gabriel Borkman is a former Managing Director of a bank who through financial speculations has misspent his wife’s entire estate as well as his clients’ savings and served time in prison for this misdeed. The Borkman family was saved from existential adversity by Borkman’s sister-in-law and his first love Ella. Borkman and Gunhild, who hates her husband, live separate lives and the only common point of their alienated lives is their son Erhart. The confrontation and the inevitable showdown with the past, the present, and the conflict of interests regarding the future occur when the fatally ill Ella pays a visit to her sister Gunhild and John with the wish that their son Erhart would live with her until her death. Gunhild has her plans for him and so does John Gabriel Borkman, who wants to offer his son "an opportunity” ... Yet Erhart refuses to be anyone’s puppet.

Cast

JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN, formerly Managing Director of a bank - Igor Samobor
GUNHILD BORKMAN, his wife - Ksenija Mišič
Erhart, their son, a student - Viktor Meglič
MISS ELLA RENTHEIM, Mrs. Borkman’s twin sister - Nataša Matjašec Rošker
MRS. FANNY WILTON - Maša Žilavec
VILHELM FOLDAL, subordinate clerk in a government office - Vlado Novak
FRIDA, his daughter - Eva Kraš
MRS. BORKMAN’S MAID - Mateja Pucko

Photo gallery

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

John Gabriel Borkman <em>Photo: Damjan Švarc</em>

Photo: Damjan Švarc

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