Now I see that love is selfish. It makes you a country of two. At war with the rest of the world.
Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell will star in Rosmersholm, Henrik Ibsen’s classic examination of a country in state of political flux, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, in London’s West End, this spring.
This sharply prescient play, adapted by Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things, 1984, Every Brilliant Thing), will be directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem, The Birthday Party, Translations).
An election looming. A country on the brink. A rabid press baying for blood. At the centre of the storm is Rosmersholm, the grand house of an influential dynasty.
This is where the future will be decided by John Rosmer – a man torn between the idealised hope of the future and the ghosts of his past.
The role of John Rosmer will be played by Tom Burke who was recently seen on the London stage in The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre and Reasons to Be Happy at Hampstead Theatre.
He is best known for playing the lead role in Strike, the BBC television adaptation of the Cormoran Strike novels by JK Rowling, Athos in the BBC series The Musketeers and Dolokhov in the BBC literary-adaptation miniseries War and Peace.
Hayley Atwell will play the role of Rebecca West. A prolific actress across stage, TV and film, her most recent theatre work includes Measure for Measure at the Donmar, Dry Powder at Hampstead Theatre and The Pride at Trafalgar Studios.
Rosmersholm will play at the Duke of York’s Theatre from April 24 until July 20.