"Should the truth be pursued whatever the cost? The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy home life is based." The Wild Duck with its innovatory symbolism and its touching portrait of a fourteen-year-old girl held in thrall by her feckless father is one of Ibsen's most frequently staged plays. This new version by David Eldridge premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in December 2005.
Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.