Plays Directory : Rosmersholm

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Henrik Ibsen
  • Written
    1886
  • Setting
    The action takes place at Rosmersholm, an old manor-house in the neighbourhood of a small town on a fjord in western Norway
  • Overview
    The play opens one year after the suicide of Rosmer's wife, Beata. Rebecca moved into the family home, Rosmersholm, as a friend of Beata, but she lives there still; it becomes plain that the she and Rosmer are in love, but Rosmer insists throughout the play that their relationship is completely innocent.

    Rosmer is a highly respected member of his community and he intends to use his position to support the newly elected government and its reformist, if not revolutionary, agenda. However, when Rosmer announces this to his friend and brother-in-law Kroll, the local schoolmaster, Kroll becomes enraged at what he sees as his friend's betrayal of his ruling-class roots. Kroll then begins an attempt to sabotage Rosmer's plans, confronting him with his relationship with Rebecca and denouncing the pair, initially in guarded terms, in the local newspaper. Rosmer becomes consumed by his guilt, now believing he, rather than mental illness, caused his wife's suicide. He attempts to erase the guilt by erasing the memory of his wife and proposing to Rebecca. However, Rebecca rejects him outright. Kroll accuses her of using Rosmer as a tool to work her own political agenda in the household. She admits that it was she who drove Mrs. Rosmer to deeper depths of insanity and in a way even encouraged her suicide: initially to increase her power over Rosmer, but later because she fell in love with him. However, because of her past she cannot accept Rosmer's marriage proposal.

    This leads to the ultimate breakdown in the play where neither Rosmer nor Rebecca can deal with their past crimes—she has acknowledged her part in the destruction of Beata but she has also committed incest with her supposedly adoptive father while suspecting that he was her natural parent, her suspicion harshly confirmed by Kroll as he attempts to come between the couple—and they can no longer trust each other, or even themselves. Rosmer then asks Rebecca to prove her devotion to him by committing suicide the same way his former wife did, by jumping into the mill-race. As Rebecca calmly seems to agree, issuing instructions about the recovery of her body from the water, Rosmer says he will join her, as he is still in love with her and he cannot conceive of a way in which they can live together. The play concludes with both characters jumping into the mill-race and the housekeeper, Mrs. Helseth, screaming in terror: "The dead woman has taken them".

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Connected mandy members:

Veronika Smit
2019, Rebecca West (lead)
Questors Theatre
Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson
Lighting Operator
2019, LX Board Operator (Cover)
Duke of York's
Ben Delfont
Ben Delfont
Company Stage Manager
2019, Company Stage Manager
Duke Of York's Theatre
Kenzie Murray
Kenzie Murray
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, ASM (Cover)
Duke of York's Theatre
Jack Thomas
Jack Thomas
Actor
2019, Johannes Rosmer
Grange Court Theatre
Fran Redvers-Jones
Fran Redvers-Jones
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, DSM
Duke of York's Theatre
Lucy Horton
Lucy Horton
Wig Master / Mistress
2019, Hair, Wigs & Make up Manager
Duke of York Theatre
Mike Harvey
Mike Harvey
Set Designer
2019, Associate Designer
Duke of York's Theatre
Rita Sigmond
Rita Sigmond
Actor
2017, Beate
theatre
Raphael Ruiz
Raphael Ruiz
Actor
2015, Ulrik Brendel
Eve Niker
Eve Niker
Actor
2015, Mrs Helseth
Benjamin Murray
2015, Kroll
Simon Stache
Simon Stache
Actor
2015, Johannes Rosmer
Stephanie Degreas
2015, Mrs. Helseth
RADA
Bridget Doyle
Bridget Doyle
Lighting Designer
2015, Lighting Designer
Boston University Theater Studio 210
Wellington Talkpa
2014, Ulrik Brendel
Kelsey Theatre
Sam Churchill
2012, Dr Kroll
Emily Portsmouth
2012, Rebecca West
Filip Krenus
Filip Krenus
Actor
2011, Rosmer
Lizzy Johansen
2011, Mrs Helseth