Backstage Video: Designing Peter Gynt at the National Theatre

by Stage Directions

Peter Gynt is a co-production with Edinburgh International Festival, written by David Hare after Henrik Ibsen that’s playing at the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre through October 8. In this video, Set and Costume Designer Richard Hudson and Associate Set and Costume Designer Cara Newman discuss designing for the often deemed 'unstageable play' that is Peter Gynt:

Ibsen’s classic is reinvented as a riotous adventure for the 21st century. Peter Gynt is searching for something: himself. Traveling from the mountains of Scotland to the pool-sides of Florida, he’ll meet talking hyenas, two-headed trolls and even an Egyptian Sphinx.  But his ultimate transformation may not be all that he hoped for…

The creative team for Peter Gynt: Director Jonathan Kent; Set and Costume Designer Richard Hudson; Lighting Designer Mark Henderson; Composer Paul Englishby; Music Director Kevin Amos; Sound Designer Christopher Shutt; Video Designer Dick Straker; Fight Director Paul Benzing; Illusions Chris Fisher; and Associate Set and Costume Designer Cara Newman.
A scene from Peter Gynt at The National Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan

A scene from Peter Gynt at The National Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan

A scene from Peter Gynt at The National Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Further information from the National Theatre: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/peter-gynt