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Ibsen classics season at the Arcola

PUBLISHED: 13:14 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

THE Arcola is running a new season exploring the work of the 'father of modern drama.' Two of Henrik Ibsen's classics are being staged at the theatre in Dalston over the coming months.

THE Arcola is running a new season exploring the work of the 'father of modern drama'.

Two of Henrik Ibsen's classics are being staged at the theatre in Dalston over the coming months.

The Norwegian playwright is largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama.

He wrote a series of plays during the Victorian era challenging the family values and moral assumptions of the era.

First up is An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's devastating exploration of what it means to be honest.

Dr Thomas Stockmann wants to protect lives by telling the truth, but his revelations may cost his town its livelihood.

Is it possible to be an honest man in a town built on lies? Or is ruthless consumerism always going to win out over morality?

It is followed by The Lady from the Sea, which explores themes of personal freedom.

Trapped in an unhappy marriage with stepdaughters who dislike her, Ellida is consumed by her longing for the sea.

The startling arrival of a dark stranger awakens deep feelings in Ellida and tempts her to the water's edge.

An Enemy of the People runs April 1-26.

The Lady from the Sea runs April 29-May 31.

The Arcola in Arcola-street, Dalston, is offering a 'both plays' deal for £25. Box office: 020-7503 1646.

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