Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company is presenting the UK premiere of The League Of Youth by Henrik Ibsen, running from May 13 to June 1.
This production features a new version of the play by critically-acclaimed writer Andy Barrett. Widely considered Ibsen’s most popular play in 19th century Norway, The League of Youth has never been performed on stage in the UK, until now.
The play charts one man’s ambitious formation of a new political party The League of Youth and his attempts to get elected. Written almost 150 years ago and rooted in political events in Norway at the time, The League of Youth bears an uncanny relevance to modern-day politics.
The main character, Stensgard, has been likened to a latter-day Nick Clegg because of his liberal opinions and enthusiasm to make promises which he is then forced to compromise on.
Sick of the two established parties and their vested interests, one man promises a third option with a radical agenda: to champion the people and remake politics.
But does The League of Youth herald a future fair for all, or the same old small-town corruption? And is Stensgard a hero in the making – or a man on the make? Switching his allegiances at the drop of a rosette, and caught up in a string of romantic affairs, Stensgard rapidly comes unstuck. Before you can say ‘hypocrisy’, the people are questioning: whose side is he really on?
The League of Youth will be directed by Giles Croft who has been artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse since 1999. His productions include Forever Young, Garage Band, Blithe Spirit, The Price, All Quiet on the Western Front, Beast in the Moon, To Reach the Clouds, The White Album, Chicken Soup with Barley, Rat Pack Confidential and The Day That Kevin Came.
Tickets to see The League Of Youth are £7.50-£26.50 and are available from the box office at Nottingham Playhouse on 0115 941 9419.