"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.
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a Norwegian playwright and poet whose realistic, symbolic and often con troversial plays revolutionised European theatre. He is widely regarded as the father of modern dram a. His acclaimed plays include A Doll's House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People and The Pillars of the Community. His centenary is celebrated in 2006. David Eldridge's plays include Summer Begins, Under the Blue Sky, Serving it up, A Week with Tony, Under the Blue Sky, M.A.D. and Incompl ete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court, 2005). He adapted Festen which was a smash-hit in 2004 .