BAM does ‘Borkman’ — with Alan Rickman!

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

The first must-see show of 2011 is the Abby Theatre’s month-long production of Ibsen’s “John Gabriel Borkman” at the BAM Harvey.

Beginning on Jan. 7, catch Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and Lindsay Duncan on one stage in the master’s penultimate play.

The renowned Irish company was last seen at BAM in 2001 with “Medea,” with a tour-de-force performance by Shaw.

“[That] was one of the highlights of my artistic tenure to date,” said BAM Executive Producer Joe Melillo. “To open [the season] with a new Abbey production featuring Shaw alongside artists of the caliber of Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan is particularly gratifying.”

Rickman’s titular character is the original Gordon Gekko — a “greed is good” type sent to prison for embezzlement. Now done serving his sentence, he is destitute, disgraced and desperate for a comeback. So is his estranged wife, Gunhild (Shaw), who plots to restore the family’s name.

Enter into this already unhappy scene Gunhild’s twin sister, Ella (Duncan), Borkman’s former lover. Her unannounced entrance triggers the devasting drama that, though written over 100 years ago, is all too timely.

“John Gabriel Borkman” at the BAM Harvey [651 Fulton St. between Rockwell and Ashland places in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100], Jan. 7-Feb. 6. Tickets $25-$95. For info, visit

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: