An Enemy of the People (West End)
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An Enemy of the People (West End)
86

An Enemy of the People (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

86%
(557 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
7%
Negative
7%
Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

Matt Smith stars in Thomas Ostermeier‘s iconoclastic adaptation of Ibsen's morality play.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (63)

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221 Reviews | 42 Followers
100
Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if thought provoking political mindful thinking

Don't see it if you don't like intense plays where focus if needed

69 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Great acting, Great staging, Interactive, Passionate, Clever

See it if you want to see Doctor Who Matt Smith play another doctor (of a non timey-wimey kind); want reasoned audience debate or actor bravery

Don't see it if you want to see motherhood/parenthood or working partnerships celebrated, Thomas Stockmann is self-absorbed & Katharina Stockmann frustrated

56 Reviews | 4 Followers
87
Intense, Edgy, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like modernisation that don't get it quite right but make you think nonetheless

Don't see it if You find audience participation cringe Read more

52 Reviews | 11 Followers
85
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if the most fun I have had watching an Ibsen play, innovative staging and great interactions with the public. Thought provoking

Don't see it if like traditional staging. This is a very modern interpretation of a classic play.

329 Reviews | 21 Followers
85
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want your ideas challenged and a thought provoking time at the theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like the breaking of the fourth wall

Nic
601 Reviews | 106 Followers
82
Resonant, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you love Matt Smith and/or heavy-handed topical dramas.

Don't see it if you’re not a fan of productions that clearly enjoy their own cleverness. I liked this but it was a bit self-congratulatory tbh.

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
58
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Overrated, Edgy

See it if you love deeply political plays

Don't see it if you enjoy theatre, not political debates

107 Reviews | 8 Followers
50
Clever, Political, Thought-provoking

See it if Interesting adaption and concept with the involvment of the audience.

Don't see it if In the 2nd act it all becomes too political. You almost forget that you're in the theatre and it feels more like you're in a convention.

Critic Reviews (13)

The London Evening Standard
February 21st, 2024

"Ostermeier’s increasingly dominant editorialising slowly flattens all subtlety"
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Time Out London
February 21st, 2024

"Thomas Ostermeier’s legendary Ibsen production is surreal, provocative and very funny."
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The Guardian (UK)
February 20th, 2024

"Matt Smith’s groovy firebrand swings from rebel to conspiracist"
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 21st, 2024

"...this flawed production could use a digital-era upgrade"
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The Times (UK)
February 21st, 2024

"The production itself is just as incoherent."
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WhatsOnStage
February 20th, 2024

"If the ending is depressing...because it sums up so precisely the state of things."
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The Arts Desk
February 21st, 2024

" 'This Enemy of the People' courses with anger to burn"
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London Theatre
February 21st, 2024

"Explosive, anarchic and swaggeringly rock ‘n’ roll"
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