16 November - 17 December


a new version of Ibsen's "When We Dead Awaken"

by Mike Poulton 



Photos (C) : Sheila Burnett

**** "Magnificient acting... Dacre's production offers us a thrilling battle of wills" The Guardian

**** "this is another invaluable exercise from the Print Room, and James Dacre, who directs expertly, continues to prove a name to watch"
The Daily Telegraph

**** "Michael Pennington and Penny Downie together charge the atmosphere with a sense of virility" The Daily Mail

**** "This dense but mercifully short play is given a spellbinding intensity, and is stunningly acted by Michael Pennington and Penny Downie" The Independent

"Furthering the status of The Print Room as a sort of miniature Fringe Donmar Warehouse, this take on on Ibsen's final play in a new version by Mike Poulton... [has] a tip top cast, while perenially rising star James Dacre directs" Time Out


This is the last play Ibsen wrote before his death in 1906.  Rarely performed, and yet one of his most haunting and breathtaking pieces, the play is a celebration of life and love.

Written and first performed in 1899, When We Dead Awaken  is one of Ibsen's most extraordinary and deeply personal works, last shown in London in 1994.  Set within a mythical Nordic landscape Judgement Day offers an explicit and merciless self-portrait of Ibsen as an aging artist: restless with his art, his homeland and his married life.

Its central character, the sculptor Rubek, exhibits all the extraordinary passion and fantastical drive that was an essential part of Ibsen's own creative character.  Whilst holidaying with his young wife, Rubek encounters his muse: a woman that he loved and left a lifetime ago. What follows is a heartfelt examination of how Rubek has used these two. Over a series of heated encounters, the entire scroll of Rubek's life is unrolled in Ibsen's final - and most autobiographical - exploration of what it means to love and to be loved. A study in the destructive power of the creative impulse, Judgement Day examines some of the strangest and most mysterious areas of human behaviour. 

Mike Poulton is one of our foremost translators and adaptors of classic plays.  Most recently, he won enormous praise for his adaptation of Schiller's Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse.  

Director - James Dacre

Designer - Mike Britton

Lighting Designer - Natasha Chivers

Composer and Sound Designer - Richard Hammerton

Casting Director - Anji Carroll C.D.G

Cast: Philip Corriea, Penny Downie, Andrew Hanratty, Michael Pennington, Peter Symonds, Jane Thorne, Sara Vickers

Production Photography: Sheila Burnett


Until 17 December

Mon - Sat, 7.30pm

(Matinees: Sat 26 Nov, Sat 3 Dec, Sat 10 Dec, Sat 17 Dec, 3pm)

Tickets: £20 / £15 conc

Buy tickets online

Or call 08444 77 1000 / 020 7221 6036

The Print Room, 34 Hereford Road, London, W2 5AJ



  • £10 Mondays / £10 Matinees (limited availability - call theatre direct on 020 7221 6036 to access these special discounted tickets) 
  • Tuesday Pre-Show talks -  7pm, every Tuesday - free to ticket holders (22nd & 29th Nov, 6th & 13rd Dec). Dr Cynthia Lawford will give a fascinating insight into the work of Ibsen and the world of the play. 
  • A Post-Show Q&A will take place on Thursday 1 December with the company - free to ticket holders.